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Google Fiber could bring 100x faster internet to Charlotte

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Google Fiber could be bringing their high-speed broadband service to Charlotte.

The residential broadband is up to 100-times faster than conventional broadband service -- there is nothing close to this in Charlotte today.

Not only could it help existing businesses and start-ups, but it could help stimulate future economic development.

Google Fiber is hard to come by. Currently, only three other cities in the United States are live with it -- Austin, TX, Kansas City, MO and Provo, UT.

"If you take a look at what's happened in the other markets where Google Fiber went in, entrepreneurship really flourished," Alan Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick is part of CharlotteHeartsGoogle.com -- a group that is pushing for the service.

"We want to show Google that Charlotte wants the fiber and that we can't wait to get it," Fitzpatrick said.

Charlotte is on a list of nine areas Google is considering for the service, including the Raleigh-Durham area.

What's good for prospective customers, if Google chooses Charlotte, is that the pricing is fairly low. Google Fiber in Kansas City costs around $70-per month for internet and $120 for an internet/television combination.

City Council has approved the plan on their end. They have until May 1 to submit proper paperwork to Google. From then, Google will decide before Dec. 31, 2014 on whether or not Charlotte will be in it's plans.

MyFoxCarolinas spoke with a Google representative who said Google hopes they can approve all nine areas for Google Fiber and said "This is not a competition."


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