Google fiber coming to Atlanta? Press conference planned
This story has been updated
Cities in the Atlanta market have been waiting to hear from Google about whether the company will bring its fiber internet service to the Atlanta market, and the wait may be over soon.
Google has invited Decaturish.com and other media outlets to a press conference at its Atlanta offices Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 1 pm. Local mayors say they’ve been invited as well.
“You’re invited to join city leaders and Google for a press conference tomorrow, January 27 at 1 p.m. to learn more about what’s in store for the people of Metro Atlanta,” the invitation says. “We won’t be able to share any specific details until tomorrow’s event.”
Could this be an update about Google Fiber? Decatur and Avondale Estates, as well as other metro Atlanta cities, were on the company’s list of 34 potential expansion cities announced last February. Last week, media outlets reported that the company planned to bring its fiber service to cities in North Carolina, including Charlotte, Raleigh, and Durham.
The Wall Street Journal, quoting anonymous sources, says Google Fiber is definitely headed to Atlanta.
Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett said he’s been given some insight about the press conference, but can’t reveal additional details.
“I’ve been sworn to secrecy,” Baskett said. “They let me know a little bit, not a lot, but they said there’s absolutely no way I can release the information until they do so tomorrow afternoon.”
Baskett said he hopes to make an announcement related to the press conference during his State of the City speech scheduled for Tuesday evening.
“I’m planning at the state of the city to finish out my speech with an announcement,” he said. “I hope that I can make it after they make some kind of announcement tomorrow.”
Avondale Estates Mayor Terry Giager said he will attend the event, but has no knowledge of what it’s about, saying he received the invite after City Manager Clai Brown forwarded it to him. We asked Brown if he had any more information about the press conference. He smiled and said, “No comment.” Brown will also be at the press conference.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting that Google is considering leasing space at Ponce City Market as is the social media company Twitter.
Records with the Secretary of State’s Office show that Google incorporated a new company in Georgia, Google Fiber Georgia LLC, in November 2014.