Google Fiber Starts Service Sign-Ups in Salt Lake City

Google Fiber used Twitter to announce that it has launched the sign-up process in Salt Lake City, Utah, where it will be competing against incumbent providers Comcast and CenturyLink.

Per the Google Fiber Salt Lake City site, sign-ups are open until October 20 in the City Center area. The initial phase of the rollout covers about 112 blocks from 100 South to 800 South between 400 West and 1300 East, according to The Salt Lake City Tribune

News of the signups arrives about 17 months after Google announced it would bring services to Salt Lake City.

There, Google Fiber is offering 1-Gig residential service for $70 per month, a 100 Mbps Fiber 100 tier for $50 per month, with 1-Gig/pay TV bundles starting at $140 per month. Subscribers can add phone service for another $10 per month.

Google Fiber’s small business offerings include 1-Gig for $250 per month, 250 Mbps for $100 per month, and 100 Mbps for $70 per month. All Google data speeds are symmetrical and are offered without data caps.

CenturyLink offers 1-Gig to parts of Salt Lake City. Comcast sells a FTTP-based 2-Gbps service called "Gigabit Pro" to elligible homes in the market, but has not announced when it will introduce a new 1-Gig service based on DOCSIS 3.1 technology in Salt Lake that can ride its widely-deployed HFC network.

In addition to Salt Lake City, Google Fiber has launched service in parts of Austin, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta; Kansas City; and Provo, Utah.

It has committed to deploy in San Antonio; and Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and has been considering expansions in Los Angeles; Chicago; Dallas; Portland, Ore.; San Jose, Irvine and San Diego, Calif.; Phoenix; Oklahoma City; Louisville, Ky.; and Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla.

Google Fiber, which will also offer service on a network being built by Huntsville Utilities, is also exploring wireless broadband technologies (subscription required) as it looks to further broaden its reach and accelerate its rate of deployment.