Google Fiber Coming to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

BREAKING NEWS! It was just announced that Google Fiber will be coming to the Triangle. We will be seeing these guys all over!

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How Do I Sign Up for Google Fiber?

The first thing you will need to do is to go to the Google Fiber website here. Notice that you have an opportunity to “check address” on the top right part of the website. Upon putting in your address you will likely find that Google Fiber is not available yet. You can use your email to get future updates on Google Fiber. I would strongly suggest doing this so you will know as soon as Google Fiber is available in Raleigh, Durham and/or Chapel Hill. The page looks like this as of January 2015:

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Can I Get Google Fiber for Free?

The answer is yes! This is one of the greatest things about Google Fiber. You will be able to get access to high speed Internet for free. Let me repeat high speed. When Google Fiber gets to the Triangle you will be able to get the following for $0/month:

  • Up to 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload speed.

Note that this is not as fast as the Time Warner Cable high speed package but it is free! At the moment I have 20 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload with TWC for around $80 a month. For just $70 a month you can get the following package with Google Fiber:

  • Up to 1,000 Mbps upload and download speeds.
  • 1TB of cloud storage across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos.

Up to 1,000 Mbps is absolutely ridiculous. That is about 1000 times faster than most people have in Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill. Yes, 1000 times faster. If you truly want blazing speeds to go along with cable TV and DVR you have the following option for $130 a month:

  • Up to 1,000 Mbps upload and download speed.
  • 150+ channels. Record up to 8 shows at once.
  • 1TB of cloud storage across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos.

Yes sports fans, the 150+ channels does include the SEC Network. The one bad part about this is there is no Showtime, HBO or Cinemax. If you are a diehard premium movie channel consumer you are not going to be able to get these channels with basic Google Fiber TV. If you are willing to pay a premium for the movie channels you will be able to get them. If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, True Detective, Shamless or House of Lies you are going to have to pay the following:

  • HBO, Cinemax, Starz and Showtime – $40 a month
  • Sports Plus – $10 a month
  • Movies Plus – $10 a month
  • HBO – $20 a month
  • Cinemax – $10 a month
  • Starz – $10 a month
  • Showtime – $10 a month
  • Hispanic – $5 a month

This prices are very competitive with Time Warner Cable in the Triangle area. I think I pay $15.99 for HBO and $8.99 for Showtime. I am not sure how much On Demand movies are going to cost but I am quite positive it will be very close to the prices on TWC.

What Sports Channels are on Google Fiber TV?

As a diehard sports fan the first thing I looked at on Google Fiber TV was the sports package. The basic Google Fiber TV package includes:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • ESPNEWS
  • NBCSN
  • NFL Network
  • MLB Network
  • Tennis Channel
  • Golf Channel
  • BTN
  • ESPN Deportes
  • Fox Sports1
  • Fox Sports2
  • SEC Network

If you are a diehard sports fan you may want to fork over the extra $10 a month for the following

  • NFL Redzone
  • ESPN Classic
  • FCS Central
  • FCS Pacific
  • Fox Soccer Plus
  • GOLTV
  • MLB Strike Zone
  • Outside┬áTelevision
  • PAC12 Network
  • Universal Sports
  • WFN
  • HRTV
  • One World Sports
  • TVG
  • ESPN Buzzer Beater (College Basketball PPV)
  • ESPN Goal Line (College Football PPV)

The price of $10 a month is very competitive for this sports package. In fact, I think it may be cheaper than the Time Warner Cable package.

Will Google Fiber Increase My Home Value?

If you are in the Network Path or live near a Fiberhood there is a strong likelihood that your home value will increase. When Kansas City was announced as the first city for Google Fiber small business owners and entrepreneurs from all over the world made the decision to move to the area. Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are often touted as one of the best places to live in America. Now that Google Fiber is coming one would expect to see home values increase.

How much will home values increase? That question will not be answered until we see the demand over the next few months and years. With Google Fiber being available throughout much of the Triangle one would imagine there will be a very strong demand for houses in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. If you want to make an investment today, it might be worth it to buy a home in the area. Feel free to reach out to Real Estate Experts if you want to purchase now. Contact Jodi Bakst at 919-928-5131.

Why is there a $300 Construction Fee?

If you are going to go the route of the free Google Fiber you are going to have to fork over the $300 construction fee. You can either pay this one time or $25 a month for 12 months. The reason for the $300 is there is no 1 year commitment like there is with the high speed internet package or the cable TV package. If you are going with either of those packages you are going to have to sign a one year commitment. With such a strong demand for Google Fiber I highly doubt you will be able to get the $300 construction fee waived unless you are willing to jump up to the premium packages.

Note that par of the fee is likely the network box as well. Unlike Time Warner Cable we can only hope that Google does not charge us $7.95 to rent a remote control every month. I guess we will have to wait and see if that is the way it pans out. Paying $0 per month for high speed internet sounds like a great option for me.


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