Google Fiber to Expand to More Cities

Google is hoping to bring its high-speed Internet to more cities

Google’s super-fast Internet is heading for a few more cities, the company announced.

According to Google, Google Fiber may expand into Atlanta, Phoenix, San Jose, Portland, Salt Lake City, and San Antonio.

Through a new blog post, Google has revealed that it is considering the possibility to take Fiber to a few more regions, including four large American cities. The company’s rollout of Google Fiber has been rather slow and it only covers Kansas City, Kansas, and it’s preparing to move into Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah.

Although it was revealed back in 2010, Google’s ultra-speedy Internet has yet to reach as many locations as the company was originally hoping, mostly due to infrastructure issues.

The expansion news is particularly nice since Comcast announced that it would be purchasing Time Warner Cable, which means that the two largest cable Internet providers in the United States are merging.

“We’re going to work on a detailed study of local factors that could affect construction, like topography (e.g., hills, flood zones), housing density and the condition of local infrastructure. Meanwhile, cities will complete a checklist of items that will help them get ready for a project of this scale and speed,” Google wrote about the hurdles it faces each time it expands Fiber into another city.

“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. They’ll also help us find ways to access existing infrastructure—like utility poles—so we don’t unnecessarily dig up streets or have to put up a new pole next to an existing one,” it added.

Milo Medin, Google’s vice president for Access Services, said that while Google might want to take Fiber to each of these cities, it might not work out for everyone on the first go.

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