5Gbps Google Fiber Internet in 13 New Cities

Tod Caflisch
3 min readFeb 28, 2023

February 28, 2023|

High speed internet is a huge asset to effective and efficient smart home operations. As most smart home devices rely on connectivity to the cloud, slower internet lends to latency and potential issues. Google Fiber to the rescue with high speed internet — if you live in a city they currently support or where they’re headed next.

I’ve written a couple other articles about Google Fiber’s march across the US with their high speed fiber:

Their expansion nationwide is exciting to watch as smart home technology isn’t the only beneficiary from ultra-fast internet. As people work from home, home school their kids or are into competitive gaming, fast internet offers a whole new experience level.

Google’s residential and commercial fiber internet service, currently maxes out at speeds of 2Gbps in the handful of regions where it’s available. Google is now pushing that to 5Gbps.

Google Fiber is now rolling out 5Gbps internet with symmetrical upload and download speeds. The first areas to get it are Kansas City, West Des Moines, and the Salt Lake Valley area in Utah. Google Fiber is already in 25 US cities but the 13 new cities on the list are:

  • Kansas City, MO
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • Riverton, UT
  • Millcreek, UT
  • Taylorsville, UT
  • South Salt Lake, UT
  • Holladay, UT
  • Woods Cross, UT
  • Draper, UT
  • White City, UT
  • Springville, UT
  • West Bountiful, UT
  • West Jordan, UT

The faster 5Gbps speed connection is available for $125/mo, slightly more than the $100/mo 2Gbps service. The original 1Gbps service remains as the cheapest option at $70/mo. Signing up gets you a WiFi 6 router (or you can use your own), up to two mesh extenders and professional installation. There’s also some futureproofing with the new setup — the installation process for 5Gbps includes an upgraded 10Gbps fiber jack, so future network upgrades should be less invasive.

Google was already testing 20Gbps service last year, and is in talks with more cities across the United States to roll out fiber cables. The company promises that its 5Gbps service will roll out in more cities ‘later this year’ and an even faster 8Gbps service coming soon in some areas. Some of those other target cities are:

  • Lakewood, CO
  • Omaha, NE
  • Smyrna, TN
  • Mesa, AZ

If your city currently has Google Fiber or is on their expansion list, consider me jealous. We currently have 1Gbps which is the best possible here in Canyon, TX.

We’d really love to hear about your experience if you’re already a Google Fiber customer. Are the speeds consistent? How was the installation process. Did you specifically select Google Fiber internet for work from home, gaming or outstanding streaming? If your town has Google Fiber but you’re using a different provider, are you considering it? If Google Fiber is headed to your town will you sign up? What speed?

Let Debbie and I know in the comments, DMs and emails what you think about Google Fiber and high speed internet. Thanks again to all those following Debbie and I through our home building journey. It’s great to hear your success stories and suggestions as we move through the process. And if you like the content I’m posting each week, don’t forget to ‘Like’ and ‘Follow.’

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Tod Caflisch

Smart Home technology thought leader with passion for out of the box solutions for smart home integrations, focusing on efficiency, safety and sustainability.