Google has announced a new triumvirate of payment plans for businesses looking to sign up to the internet giant’s superfast Fiber internet service.
The company first revealed it would specifically target small businesses back in November 2014, with the aptly titled Fiber for Small Business opening in select areas of Kansas City for $100 per month. As Fiber has expanded, so has the business-focused incarnation, which has been available to some businesses in Kansas City, Provo, Austin, and Nashville under the Early Access program. And those businesses will now have greater say in the kinds of speeds they’d like and consequently the price they pay.
For $250 per month, a company will get up to 1,000 Mbps data transfer speeds, while they’ll get 250 Mbps or 100 Mbps for $100 and $70 per month respectively.
The move mirrors the Google Fiber residential pricing structure to an extent, which ranges from $50 to $130 per month depending on required speed and whether a TV package is needed.
Today’s news coincides with the launch of Google Fiber in Charlotte, North Carolina, where businesses can be among the first to sign up for one of the new plans. Those in Kansas City, Provo, Austin, and Nashville have until July 31 to sign up for access through the existing Early Access program, and from August 1 they’ll have the option to sign up for one of the new plans or retain the special Early Access pricing for a year.
“We know that businesses come in different shapes and sizes,” said John Shriver-Blake, product manager at Google Fiber, in a blog post. “They have varying needs and would like the flexibility to choose a plan that best fits their needs. That’s why we’re transitioning from the Early Access program and introducing three new plans.”
So basically, a business can continue to get 1,000 Mbps for 12 months and only pay $100 per month once they’re on the Early Access program, after which they will have to decide what plan to register on permanently. Or they can immediately switch to the $70-per-month tier and make do with 100 Mbps.
Google has been pushing to expedite the rollout of Fiber, and recently acquired Webpass, a high-speed internet service provider with operations in 10 cities.