San Jose is one step closer to becoming the first city in California to carry Google Fiber, a high-speed service that can deliver Internet and video content to homes and businesses at up to 1,000 megabits per second.
According to a report by the San Jose Mercury News, the tech giant is seeking permits to build two “Fiber Huts” in the city, with plans to eventually build another eight of the shelters. The buildings are considered a necessary first step to eventually providing service.
Google Fiber is now available in Kansas City, Missouri; Austin, Texas; and Provo, Utah. In Kansas City, Google charges$130 per month for 1 gigabit Internet service and 150 TV channels. Internet service alone is $70, but the company also offers a free basic Internet service with 5 mbps download and 1 mbps upload speeds.
The arrival of Google Fiber will pose competition for AT&T and Comcast, which offer Internet speeds that top out at 18 mbps and 250 mbps, respectfully. However, Comcast has plans to launch a 2,000 mbps service in the region next year, the Merc reported.