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Google Fiber Review 2020: Plans, Prices, and More

Google Fiber is one of the fastest and simplest internet services you can get—if you can get it.

One plan, fast speeds

Price: $70/mo.
Internet speed: 1,000 Mbps

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Is Google Fiber good?

Unlike other big-name fiber-optic internet providers, Google Fiber isn’t an extension of a vintage telecom company—unless you count Google’s 22-year-old search engine as one.

Where it’s available, customers rightly rave about Google Fiber’s speed and performance, as well as the simplicity of its internet service: a single 1,000 Mbps plan. (See? Simple.)

Unfortunately, Google Fiber doesn’t have the geographical reach of other fiber players like Verizon Fios, CenturyLink, and AT&T. Right now, Google Fiber is more of a boutique internet provider that only 18 US cities have access to.

But our recommendation on fiber-optic internet from any brand is always “If you can get it, get it.” That definitely applies to Google Fiber.

Pros

  • Fast download and upload speeds
  • Simple plans and pricing

Cons

  • Limited availability
  • Slow US build-out

Google Fiber internet plans and prices

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Google Fiber$70/mo.1,000 Mbps1,000 MbpsView plans

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Google Fiber internet plus phone plans and prices

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Google Fiber + Google Fiber Phone$80/mo. 1,000 Mbps 1,000 Mbps Digital VoIPView plans

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Google Fiber uses fiber-optic lines that transmit data through hair-thin glass fibers instead of the traditional copper wires of cable and DSL (telephone line) internet. As with all fiber internet providers, this results in speeds up to 100 times faster than what cable and DSL connections can hit, as well as fewer instances of neighborhood slowdowns during peak usage hours.

For an extra $10 a month, Google Fiber Phone service can be added to Google Fiber internet. It’s a standard VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) digital connection, though you’d have to provide your own landline telephone—yes, those are still a thing.

Google Fiber used to offer its own livestreaming TV service, too, but has since discontinued it. Instead, it now refers customers to YouTube TV (owned by Google, of course) or fuboTV, which are both solid alternatives for internet-based television.

Google Fiber deals

Google Fiber isn’t offering any price breaks currently. The built-in perks of free installation, no extra equipment charges, and no contracts are the closest it has to discounts, but we’ll update this page if Google Fiber drops a sweet deal on its service.

Google Fiber internet equipment

Google Fiber internet service comes with a Network Box that acts as a Wi-Fi router and also includes four outputs for direct Ethernet connections to devices. It’s a simple, black square of plastic with a single blue LED indicator—it looks like a classic Wii box, really.

There’s also a Fiber Jack, which is an ONT (optical network terminal) that converts the into-home fiber-optic signal to gigabit Ethernet that then runs into the Network Box. An ONT isn’t technically a modem, but it serves the same purpose as one. Both are factored into the Google Fiber bill and come at no extra cost, and installation (either professional or self-install) is free.

Final take: Is Google Fiber worth it?

While we wish it was more widely available—its build-out in the US has slowed considerably since its 2016 launch—Google Fiber is still an impressive internet contender. We also like Google Fiber’s simple plan pricing and no-contract approach almost as much as its blazing download speeds (almost).

If Google Fiber’s in your neighborhood, we highly recommend taking it for a spin. If not, start looking at other internet providers—it could be a looong wait before Google Fiber gets to you.

Google Fiber internet FAQ

Where is Google Fiber available?

Since launching in Kansas City in 2016, Google Fiber has rolled out in 17 other major US cities, mostly in urban areas. Future expansion into more states remains to be seen, but Google Fiber is currently available in these cities:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Miami, FL
  • Nashville, TN
  • Oakland, CA
  • Orange County, CA
  • Provo, UT
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Seattle, WA
  • The Triangle, NC

Can you use your own Wi-Fi router with Google Fiber?

Google Fiber comes with a router, which it calls a Network Box. But you can use your own third-party Wi-Fi router with Google Fiber, as long as it’s able to handle 1,000 Mbps of incoming speed from the ONT Ethernet converter.

CableTV.com has some recommendations for wireless routers (including Google Wifi), all of which meet the speed requirements of Google Fiber.

Does Google Fiber offer business internet plans?

Google Fiber can also power your office with fiber-optic internet service. There are three Google Fiber Business plans available:

  • Fiber Business 1000: Download/upload speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, no data caps, equipment included ($250/mo.)
  • Fiber Business 250: Download/upload speeds up to 250 Mbps, no data caps, equipment included ($100/mo.)
  • Fiber Business 100: Download/upload speeds up to 100 Mbps, no data caps, equipment included ($70/mo.)

Bill Frost has been a journalist and TV reviewer since the 4:3-aspect-ratio ’90s. His pulse-pounding prose has been featured in The Salt Lake Tribune, Pacific Northwest Inlander, Coachella Valley Independent, Salt Lake City Weekly, and many other dead-tree publications. In addition to his CableTV.com work, Bill is a senior writer and streaming TV columnist at SLUGMag.com. By night, Bill cranks a Flying V with his band at the bar.

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