Google Fiber is planning to roll out an elaborate expansion plan for its Internet services by targeting additional cities across US.
Credible media reports indicate that up to three cities could be in their horizon but they are actually hoping to cover more. The company used its official blog to make the announcement that could just awaken its competitors. At the moment, its services are available in Austin, Texas, Kansas City and Provo, UT.
“While much of the United States still lags behind the rest of the world in Internet speeds, cities like Kansas City—where Fiber started—rank among the fastest cities in the world. We want to see more U.S. cities at the top of that list,” they wrote. The cities on their target list include San Antonio, Nashville, Tennessee, Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Salt Lake City.
Irvine, California, Louisville, Kentucky, San Diego and California are also being mentioned as part of the expansion plan. The cities are required to “set up a feasible plan with Google” before they can get connected. A report carried by arstechnica.com quoted sources at Google saying; “We’ll work with Irvine, Louisville and San Diego to conduct a detailed study of factors that affect construction, such as local topography, housing density, and the condition of existing infrastructure.”
The report added; “Meanwhile, cities will complete a checklist of items—such as providing a map of utility lines—that will prepare them for a large-scale fiber build.” It is understood that Google Fiber is not offering any guarantee to the mentioned cities that they must get connected. It will all depend on specific city’s adherence to the set criteria and conditions.
It is estimated to cost around $70 for the Google Fiber Gigabit Internet service every month but can increase to $130 with additional TV services.
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