Google Fiber

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It’s official, tech-giant Google is bringing its high speed internet service to Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, Atlanta and Charlotte. Now, we know it’s coming, but when? And what does it mean for Charlotte and its residents. And what’s in it for Google?


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On Tuesday, Mayor Dan Clodfelter uttered six words that might change your internet service, "Google Fiber is coming to Charlotte."

Google Fiber is a high speed network that uses fiber optics instead of classic copper cables or microwaves to connect homes and businesses to the internet. All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey and WFAE’s Tom Bullock talk about the announcement and what it means for Charlotte consumers.

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Google has announced it will hold a press conference in Charlotte Tuesday afternoon.

So, what’s the big deal?

WFAE’s Tom Bullock is here to explain.

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Charlotte could be Google's next "fiber-hood." The tech giant is considering Charlotte as one of the next locations for their high speed internet service, Google Fiber, that they tout as being up to 100 times faster than basic broadband. This could have major implications for consumers, businesses and even the Charlotte economy. But first, city officials are working closely with Google on logistics and planning for the potential network, studying everything from placement of utility poles, water and gas lines to housing density as they study the feasibility of laying thousands of miles of fiber optic cables in the city. We won't know until later this year whether we'll get Google Fiber or not, but in the meantime we'll look at what possible impact it could have on the city and what high speed internet in general means for cities and business, when Charlotte Talks. 

RST Fiber

Google is still considering if it will bringing its ultra-high speed internet to cities like Charlotte. But if you don’t want to wait, you may not have to. This week, a small North Carolina Company announced it has already built a similar fiber optic network across the entire state. The company is called RST Fiber and we take a look at what they offer and one of the men behind it.


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The city of Charlotte was recently given a bit of homework. How the city answers a series of questions will determine if neighborhoods like South Park, Uptown and Dilworth will be Google’s next fiber-hoods. So what could Google Fiber in Charlotte mean for consumers and businesses alike?