- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Google says Charlotte and the Research Triangle area are getting its Internet and TV service that provides data at high speed.

In February, Google announced it would work with 34 cities in nine metropolitan areas to explore bringing Google Fiber to those communities. Those cities underwent a vetting process that examined infrastructure and construction permitting processes. Based on those criteria, Google targeted Charlotte and the Raleigh-Durham area as capable of becoming a viable market for its service.

A statement from officials in Charlotte said Google Fiber is to be installed over the next 24 months.

Google Fiber provides Internet speeds up to one gigabit, or 1,000 Megabits, per second, compared to the average Internet speed in the U.S. of 11.5 Mbps. The service also includes hundreds of high-definition TV channels.

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