Google Fiber adding ultra-fast Internet service to 4 metro areas in Southeastern US

Google is bringing its ultra-fast fiber optic Internet service to four metro areas in the Southeast.

The company announced Tuesday that it will add gigabit-speed service over new fiber-optic cables in Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta; and Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte in North Carolina. Google says five other metro areas remain in the running.

At speeds of more than 50 times the national broadband average, gigabit service can download an entire movie in less than two minutes.

Google Fiber is available in Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas City, Kansas; Provo, Utah; and Austin, Texas.

Prices for Google Fiber are comparable to or below what most households already pay. For example, in the two Kansas City markets, Google Fiber charges about $70 per month for just high-speed Internet service, or $120 for an Internet and TV package.