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Bills are going up for some Google Fiber customers. Here’s how much.

Some Google Fiber Charlotte customers who have the Fiber 1000 + TV and internet plan will see their bills increase to $150, up from $130, starting in December.

“The cost of providing TV programming continues to rise,” the company said in an email notifying customers of the $20 increase. The price change takes effect for customers who have paid $130 for at least a year.

New Google Fiber customers who sign up for the Fiber 1000 + TV plan will pay even more than current customers – $160 a month for the option, according to the company’s online pricing.

Internet-only plan prices have not changed since Google Fiber launched in 2012, the company added. The fastest internet-only option costs $70 a month and the slower plan costs $50 a month.

Google Fiber is currently available in Charlotte in Highland Creek, Prosperity Village, West Sugar Creek, Uptown, areas around Starmount and about 40 apartment, condominium and town house buildings near Uptown.

AT&T Fiber’s internet-only service costs $80 a month for the first year, according to the company’s website. An AT&T spokesperson said on Wednesday that the company does not have any planned price changes to share.

Spectrum, another internet and TV provider in the Charlotte area, does not have any price changes planned, a spokesperson said. The standalone price for Spectrum Ultimate, its fastest internet offering, is $104.99 a month.

Internet service prices at AT&T and Spectrum decrease when bundled with other offerings including TV and phone services.

Google Fiber began installation in the Charlotte area in 2015 and was first available in the summer of 2016.

In the fall of 2016, Google’s parent company announced it was halting expansion and laying off staff in some cities set to get Google Fiber as the CEO over the program stepped down, according to the Associated Press.

The installation of Google Fiber and AT&T’s similar network around Charlotte damaged gas lines, cracked water mains, buckled pavement and dug-up yards.

Cassie Cope: 704-358-5926, @cassielcope

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