Google Fiber expands its reach

34 new cities considered for Google Fiber

LOUIS BALZANI
STAFF WRITER

The fiber Internet market is about to get a little more crowded. Google announced its intention yesterday to explore the possibility of expanding its Google Fiber gigabit Internet service to up to 34 additional cities based in and around nine major metropolitan areas. This would mark a considerable expansion for the service, given that it is only currently available in three U.S. cities.

The cities under consideration are spread all throughout the U.S., with Atlanta, Portland and Phoenix among those listed as possible expansion sites. These potential cities will assist Google in its exploration by completing a checklist of items that will prepare for an expansion project of this caliber. Google says that the cities will provide the company with maps of existing utilities so it can plan a Fiber rollout more efficiently.

Despite this ambitious plan, Google stressed that nothing is set in stone; the company said in a statement that “while we do want to bring Fiber to every one of these cities, it might not work out for everyone.” The company hopes to have a more definitive list of Fiber expansion cities by the end of 2014.

Those hoping for a city near Scranton to join the growing cities of cities, such as Phoenix or Portland, considering Fiber should not hold their breath; Google has not announced plans to bring Fiber anywhere in the Northeast U.S.

If all goes as planned, Raleigh-Durham, N.C. is as far up the eastern seaboard as the service will go for the foreseeable future.

contact the writer:
louis.balzani@scranton.edu

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