Six months after announcing that Google Fiber was coming to Atlanta, construction has begun in Midtown.
Crews are laying down cables underground and building 23 fiber huts to store equipment in the metro area.
Google's Fabiola Charles Stokes said she's not sure how long construction will last, but she hopes to keep residents updated. "It's a very huge project, literally laying in enough fiber-optic cable to stretch from Atlanta to Iceland," Stokes said.
That's 3,400 miles.
"We're actually really excited to be able to be building our own fiber network from scratch," Stokes said. "That's been one of the key tenets of the Google Fiber rollout."
She said pricing will be comparable to other Google Fiber cities. In Austin, Texas, gigabit Internet service starts at $70 a month.
But there will be competition. In Atlanta, Comcast and AT&T already offer gigabit Internet service.
Google Fiber will also be available in Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, East Point, Decatur, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna.