Google Fiber, which offers a connection that's up to 100 times faster than today's basic broadband speeds, expands its coverage. It’s been nearly five years since Google offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment. Now, Google Fiber is live in Kansas City, Provo and Austin and it is coming to 18 more cities across four new metro areas.
Google announced that Google Fiber will soon be available in 18 cities across four new metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham. “We can’t wait to see what people and businesses across the Southeast U.S. do with gigabit speeds,” says Google in its blog.
“Bringing Google Fiber to these cities is a long-term investment. We’ve been working closely with city leaders over the past year on a joint planning process to get their communities ready for Google Fiber—and now the really hard work begins. Our next step is to work with cities to create a detailed map of where we can put our thousands of miles of fiber, using existing infrastructure such as utility poles and underground conduit, and making sure to avoid things like gas and water lines. Then a team of surveyors and engineers will hit the streets to fill in missing details. Once we’re done designing the network (which we expect to wrap up in a few months), we’ll start construction.”
Google is also announced that they plan to bring fiber to five additional metro areas—Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose.