Google opening ‘Fiber Space’ at Ponce City Market
Google will soon have a presence at Atlanta’s Ponce City Market.
The company announced via Facebook that it is opening a Fiber Space in the mixed-use development located off of Ponce de Leon Avenue.
“With the new Google Fiber Space, we hope to set up a community gathering place where Atlanta residents can enjoy gigabit Internet, learn more about Google Fiber, and sign up for service,” Google Fiber Atlanta Associate City Manager Jonathan Love said. “Once the Fiber Space opens, we plan to work with local nonprofits and community organizations to host events and programs such as movie screenings and computer literacy workshops. Though we still have some work to do on the Fiber Space, we’re looking forward to being part of the Ponce City Market community.”
The company does not have an exact date for the opening of its Fiber Space. This space will be distinct and separate from Google’s offices in Midtown, which are not moving.
In January 2015, Google Fiber announced plans to expand to the Atlanta area. The planning and build out phase for nine cities – Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna – was expected to take at least two years.
The company is offering internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second, or 1,000 megabits per second. For comparison, the average speed in the U.S. is 11.5 megabits per second. Other service providers have been working to increase their internet speeds after Google announced plans to move into the Atlanta market.