Comcast's new internet service schools Google Fiber

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Google Fiber, the search company's lightning-fast internet, has been making headlines for years, but it's also been slow to roll out to customers.

That may not matter if Comcast has its way. The unpopular internet provider today announced its own fiber service, and it's even faster than Google's.

The 2GB per second broadband service - twice as fast as Google Fiber - will roll out in Atlanta come May, and Comcast hopes to reach 18 million homes by the end of 2015, reports The Verge.

The company hasn't divulged a price or a rollout plan beyond Atlanta, but the service won't be limited by neighborhood like Google Fiber is.

Closer and closer

Customers will have to be "within close proximity" of where the network is rolling out, and let Comcast install "professional-grade" equipment, the report says. The site speculates that the service may be an extension of Comcast's fast business internet.

But Comcast wants to "offer the most comprehensive rollout of multi-gigabit service to the most homes as quickly as possible," said Senior VP of Comcast Cable's South Region Doug Guthrie.

To that end, the provider will reportedly also roll out a 1GB per second service in 2016 to "almost every customer in our footprint."

At this point that sounds too good to be true, but a lot might happen between now and next year.

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Michael Rougeau

Michael Rougeau is a former freelance news writer for TechRadar. Studying at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Northeastern University, Michael has bylines at Kotaku, 1UP, G4, Complex Magazine, Digital Trends, GamesRadar, GameSpot, IFC, Animal New York, @Gamer, Inside the Magic, Comic Book Resources, Zap2It, TabTimes, GameZone, Cheat Code Central, Gameshark, Gameranx, The Industry, Debonair Mag, Kombo, and others.

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