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Google Fiber Unveils New Data Plans Geared Toward Small Businesses

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Google Fiber, Google's high-speed internet offering that utilizes fiber optic cable technology, is giving small business more options in signing up with the service.

Google announced the new data plans for small businesses in a blog post, in which the company stated its belief that these budding enterprises will be able to do big things if they gain access to superfast internet.

The new data plans were the result of Google's decision to transition away from the one-size-fits-all Early Access program for Google Fiber, which the company launched back in 2014. Small businesses in cities where Google Fiber is supported will be given three options, with speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps.

The first data plan, named Fiber Business 100, will provide businesses with up to 100 Mbps in upload and download speeds, which will allow backing up of 100 GB worth of data in 20 minutes. The second plan, Fiber Business 250, will provide businesses with speeds of up to 250 Mbps and allow backing up of 100 GB worth of data in eight minutes, and the third plan, Fiber Business 1000, will provide businesses with speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps and allow backing up of 100 GB worth of data in two minutes.

Businesses that sign up for any Google Fiber data plan will also receive a network box with high-performance Wi-Fi, firewall protection and gigabit routing. Google has also increased the static IP addresses that are available to business to 13, though each addition will come with a cost.

"We can't wait to see what small businesses will do next with superfast Internet," Google said in its conclusion of the blog post.

Of course, that comes with the requirement that the small business should be in areas where Google Fiber is available, as the data plans are only currently available within Charlotte. For businesses operating in Kansas City, Provo, Austin and Nashville, they will have until July 31 to sign up through the Early Access program, with the three new data plans to be available beginning Aug. 1.

Google announced in February that San Francisco was next in the list of cities that will gain access to Google Fiber, with Google looking to tap into the optic fiber network that is already present in the city as opposed to building out a new one.

Last month, Google revealed that it was working with Dallas officials to make the city the third one in Texas to gain access to Google Fiber.

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