Google Fiber floats nine U.S. metro areas in expansion push

Google Fiber floats nine U.S. metro areas in expansion push

Summary: With speeds as much as 100-times faster than most U.S. homes, the search giant turned Internet provider wants more people to experience the next-generation fiber service.

TOPICS: Networking
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Google's next-generation fiber Internet service may soon be hitting a town near you, but only if they're willing to put the effort in.

"We've invited cities in nine metro areas around the U.S. — 34 cities altogether — to work with us to explore what it would take to bring them Google Fiber," Google Access Services vice president Milo Medin said in a blog post on Wednesday.

The search giant turned Internet provider said it wants to "work closely with each city's leaders" to assess what "unique local challenges" the company might face.

But despite Google's desire to build in all of these cities, in the end only a few will be chosen. And in order to meet the demands of the local residents, cities will also need to help Google bring the super-fast internet service to their homes.

"Cities will complete a checklist of items that will help them get ready for a project of this scale and speed," Medin wrote. "For example, they'll provide us with maps of existing conduit, water, gas and electricity lines so that we can plan where to place fiber."

This, he said, will help Google find ways to access existing infrastructure, such as utility poles, so the company doesn't have to dig up streets.

Taking the cautious approach, Google admitted, "it might not work out for everyone." But for the lucky few, they could soon be receiving blazingly fast download speeds — enough to download a Blu-ray quality film in mere seconds.

Topic: Networking

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  • Good for Google!

    Good for Google! America needs more competition when it comes to ISP's. I'd love to see a dozen different companies offering internet access to my neighborhood and competing for our dollars rather than just Comcast and Verizon (and let's face it: I'm lucky to have even a choice of two!)
  • With Comcast and Time Warner merger lingering ...

    having another ISP may be a good thing. Some people may consider a merged Comcast and TWC too much of a TV monopoly, but with more content available via Hulu, Netflix, Google, etc... a big pipe for the right price might be some competition for Comcast and TWC.
  • I wonder how much overlap there is

    Do these cities all currently have Time Warner Cable? If so they could be jumping at the chance to offer service to people who, while they don't think much of TWC, absolutely can't stand Comcast.

    I'm one of these. I've been a customer of both for multiple overlapping years due to managing an out of state property. Comcast customer support has to rank down with the worst on the planet.
    • "Better" than that

      Down there? Try THE worst! :-D