The coastal city of Wilmington, N.C., has granted approval to Google Fiber to construct a fiber broadband GFiber network. Preparations already are underway on the project. Customer service in the eighth largest city in North Carolina is expected to begin in 2025.

The Wilmington GFiber announcement was made by Jess George, head of Government & Community Affairs-East in a blog post.

Google Fiber, which brands its fiber broadband service GFiber, is already active in the state. The company has agreements in place to build networks in Harrisburg, Kannapolis and Stallings. It has begun providing service to customers in Hillsborough and is breaking ground on a project in Huntersville. It is lighting new neighborhoods in Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte and the surrounding communities.

GFiber North Carolina

Google Fiber has begun installing its new 20 Gig service in Raleigh-Durham. That service, which was announced last October, is based on Nokia’s 25G PON technology and pre-certified Wi-Fi 7 routers. Google Fiber said that it increases speeds by as much as a factor of 10 without changes to fiber in the ground.

GFiber’s acceleration to 20 Gbps service is happening quickly. Last July, Google said that it would begin offering symmetrical 5 Gbps service in the Tar Heel state. The service was priced at $125 per month. At the time, the service was offered in the Triangle area of the state and in Charlotte.

GFiber also is active in South Carolina. George wrote that a project was announced last October in Tega Cay. The first fiber hut, an important step in the process, was placed in Fort Mill in February. Construction in Tega Cay and surrounding areas is expected to begin in the coming weeks, according to today’s GFiber North Carolina blog post.

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