Google Fiber is coming to a city near you soon – as long as you live in the USA – with plans being hatched to expand its high-speed fibre-optic broadband service to a further nine US metropolitan areas.
It would mean that 34 additional cities, including Portland, San Jose, Atlanta, and Charlotte, could all start to receive the service in the near future that will give households and businesses speeds that are up 100 times faster.
“We aim to provide updates by the end of the year about which cities will be getting Google Fiber. Between now and then, we’ll work closely with each city’s leaders on a joint planning process that will not only map out a Google Fiber network in detail, but also assess what unique local challenges we might face. These are such big jobs that advance planning goes a long way toward helping us stick to schedules and minimize disruption for residents,” stated a blog post from Google Fiber.
Google can’t promise that it will eventually bring the service to all the cities mentioned and it plans to undertake extensive studies in the local areas involved to look at factors that can affect construction. This includes the topography, housing density and condition of the local infrastructure that is currently in place. With this in mind, cities will have to provide Google with maps of water, gas and electricity lines in the local area in order to hasten the arrival of faster connectivity.
Google first rolled out the service to the Kansas City metropolitan area back in 2012, pre-registration setting back customers $10 and the high-speed Internet costs the equivalent of £45 per month. The company also thinks that the service could provide speeds of up to 10Gbps within three years.
Google plans to issue an update by the end of the year when it has decided the cities that will be receiving the service.