Salt Lake City is the latest city to get Google Fiber, a fiber-optic Internet offering that boasts increased speeds and usability options.
During a kickoff ceremony at the Google Fiber Space, company officials announced that a large portion of the city would have access to both residential and small commercial services effective 9 a.m., Aug. 24.
The California-based company began experimenting in the fiber-optic Internet space in February 2010. Today the service is being offered in eight cities in the United States with other locations underway.
Scott Tenney, head of Google Fiber business operations for Utah, said the fiber-optic service would be available to customers living within the 100 South to 800 South and 400 West and 1800 East area. Generally speaking, the service range encompasses a portion of the downtown area to the University of Utah.
“We have a fundamental belief that the Internet is a better place if everyone is there,” Tenney said during the launch ceremony.
The service offers Internet speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, and is reportedly much faster than many other service offerings on the market. Plans offered through the newly launched Salt Lake City network range from $50 to $140 per month for residential use and from $70 to $250 per month for commercial use.
Neighboring Provo, Utah, was the first municipality in the state to launch the fiber-optic service in April 2013.