Google Fiber officially launches in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The wait is finally over; Google Fiber is open for business in Nashville.

Fifteen months after announcing Music City was selected for the gigabit-speed fiber-optic internet, some residents now have it.

It’s set up much like a living room inside the store front where anyone can come in to experience the gigabit internet, as well as Google Fiber for your TV and phone.

Sales reps are also on hand, where you can learn more about their service or sign up for a starter kit.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

Leanne Kreps is among the dozens of people that came through the doors of the new fiber space Wednesday anxious to sign up for the Google Fiber service.

“They installed it in our apartment about six weeks ago, so we’ve been waiting every day,” Kreps told News 2.

Kreps lives in the Icon, one of the four Nashville buildings that now offers access to residents.

“We can basically get a self-install kit and you can take it home, kind of do everything yourself, set up is really easy and they have options for internet and cable,” she explained.

Google Fiber provides an internet connection speed of up to one gigabit per second for both download and upload, which they say is roughly 100 times faster access than what most Americans have.

For Dave Gilbert that speed will greatly enhance his startup company that monitors healthcare technology.

“It’s exciting to be in Nashville right now for many reasons, the startup community is a huge part of that and to see us to get the attention from Google to be one of the first fiber cities and to come in and to make it possible for startups and businesses and other businesses and residents and to have this kind of service is fantastic,” Gilbert explained.

The more than 3,000 miles of fiber is still in the process of being constructed.

An apartment finder tool online has been launched, where you can see if your building is on track to get connected.

Google Fiber plans start at around $50.

For more information, you can stop in the store 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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