What's up in the ATL
Over seven years ago, we started serving our first customers in Atlanta. Since then, we’ve been growing our service area — though slower than some (including us!) would have liked. Lately, we’ve been making progress on finding ways to connect more Atlantans to fast, reliable internet. Right now Google Fiber is available to tens of thousands of Atlantans from College Park to Woodstock, concentrated in apartments and condos, and we’ve recently started actively expanding our network in single-family residential neighborhoods.
Growing as Atlanta grows
Metro Atlanta is one of the fastest growing areas of the country and much of this growth is through new apartment communities. Until now, Google Fiber focused on expanding where Atlanta is growing, and focusing on bringing service to dense, multi-family apartments across the city. To do this, we used a different kind of build in Atlanta than in other Google Fiber cities, leasing unused fiber from 3rd parties who specialize in providing the sort of flexibility required to serve such a broad geographic footprint. As a result, our service area has been focused on hundreds of multifamily communities across Metro Atlanta. While we continue to expand our multi-family presence (if you’re an Atlanta property owner or manager who would like to get your community signed up for Google Fiber, let us know ), we’re super excited to have construction crews building out our network in more neighborhoods in Atlanta.
We have been serving a significant number of single family homes from Sweet Auburn to Garden Hills, and we’re currently finishing our construction in those neighborhoods to be able to offer quality internet to more residents in those areas. And we’re not stopping there! Once we’ve completed those builds, construction efforts will move north across the city. Keep an eye out for door hangers in your neighborhood or sign-up for our email list for the latest on our activities in Atlanta.
Serving our community in the time of COVID
The last year was an incredibly trying one for all of us. Google Fiber has always worked with local community organizations to help advance digital literacy, inclusion, and equity as well as racial justice. This includes The Southern Center for Human Rights, 100 Black Men of Greater Atlanta, The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, and the DeKalb County Public Library system. We’re working to make sure that in Atlanta and beyond, residents have access to the necessary hardware and skills to be able to take advantage of the opportunities online. Access to the internet alone is not enough.
As the city works toward recovery, we’ll continue to look for new ways to help Atlanta address digital equity issues and to connect as many customers to fast, reliable internet. We’ve got a lot more in store for Atlanta. If you are interested in helping connect more Atlantans to great internet, consider joining our team!
Posted by Spencer Walston, Head of Sales; Lisa Speller-Martone, Head of Metro Technical Operations; and Daynise Joseph, Government & Community Affairs Manager