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Google Fiber May Branch Out to 34 New Cities

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Google Fiber is finally spreading out.

Google reported on Wednesday that it is now eyeing 34 cities in 9 metropolitan areas as the next destination for Google Fiber.

Milo Medin, VP of Google Access Services, says that the company has learned quite a lot from building the 1 Gbps fiber optic network in Kansas City, Austin and Provo. The company is now ready to move on to more towns, and will provide updates by the end of the year regarding which of these cities will get the Google Fiber treatment.

“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,” Medin writes. “These are such big jobs that advance planning goes a long way toward helping us stick to schedules and minimize disruption for residents.”

Medin says the Fiber team plans to work on a detailed study of local factors that could affect construction including topography, housing density and the condition of the local infrastructure. At the same time, cities will complete a checklist of items that will help them get ready for such a large undertaking as Google Fiber.

“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,” he writes. “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.”

He admits that not every city will receive Google Fiber. However by going through the process, they may be more prepared for some other company to come in and install their own Gigabit network. Medin says that Google plans to share what it learns in the 34 cities to other network providers.

According to a list of cities, Google has set its sights on Atlanta and eight cities in the surrounding area; Charlotte, NC; seven cities in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area; Nashville; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; Phoenix and two nearby cities; Portland and five nearby cities; San Jose and four cities.

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed told the San Jose Mercury News that he wants to pursue Google’s project. "It would be great for our residents to have really fast Internet service," Reed said. “[On a national level], high-speed Internet access is one of the things we need for economic development. The U.S. generally is far behind other parts of the world."

"We’re excited by the call and the invitation," said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. "The opportunity for our residents is enormous. Bringing fiber to every household changes the dynamic."

Currently Google Fiber resides in Kansas City and Provo, Utah and will soon launch in Austin, Texas. Once completed, there are three Fiber plans to choose from: Free Internet for a $300 construction fee (or $25/mo for 12 months that provides up to 5 Mbps download and up to 1 Mbps upload speed; Gigabit Internet for $70/month, and Gigabit + TV for $120 per month.

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    daekar , February 19, 2014 7:24 PM
    As much as Google scares me a bit by how big they're getting, they seem to adhere to their "don't be evil" mantra where the law gives them a choice. It makes me happy to see them stealing customers from companies like Comcast and Verizon.
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    epaciga , February 19, 2014 8:18 PM
    The world revolves around me - come to whatever town I am living in Google! Google, I know you're monitoring Toms Hardware posts since I am here.
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    jimmysmitty , February 19, 2014 7:07 PM
    Phoenix and two nearby cities..... most likely suburbs like Tempe and Scottsdale. If only we could get that here in Tucson....
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    Majestone , February 19, 2014 7:07 PM
    Google Fiber Thank You for Investing in Utah. You are in Provo, Utah. Please come to Salt Lake City, Utah. I live downtown. We need you. - Majestone
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    daekar , February 19, 2014 7:24 PM
    As much as Google scares me a bit by how big they're getting, they seem to adhere to their "don't be evil" mantra where the law gives them a choice. It makes me happy to see them stealing customers from companies like Comcast and Verizon.
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    Platinum Era , February 19, 2014 7:25 PM
    Long shot but; Canada please, preferably Toronto?
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    Shankovich , February 19, 2014 7:33 PM
    For the love of God come to Toronto please. $65 a month for 2.5 MB/s and a 80 gig cap is just too much. I'd go with Techsavvy but the speed I'd want is still expensive monthly.
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    Shankovich , February 19, 2014 7:35 PM
    Sorry for the double post, but actually...Google Fibre couldn't make it to Canada considering the government doesn't allow foreign internet and cell competition inside; that, and the Rogers/Bell lobbyists stop everything.
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    tinmann , February 19, 2014 7:37 PM
    Think Tampa, Fl. and surrounding Hillsborough County Google. MacDill AFB is the headquarters of USSOCOM which could benefit greatly from it.
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    velocityg4 , February 19, 2014 7:39 PM
    So close yet so far. Hopefully they will spread to surrounding cities in my area. They are just planning up to the border of my town. Perhaps I'll have to move.
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    atminside , February 19, 2014 7:40 PM
    Please Come to SF and destroy the Comcast monopoly
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    JedP , February 19, 2014 7:52 PM
    Please buy UTOPIA in Utah.
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    epaciga , February 19, 2014 8:18 PM
    The world revolves around me - come to whatever town I am living in Google! Google, I know you're monitoring Toms Hardware posts since I am here.
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    kratosbellic , February 19, 2014 8:35 PM
    Get your ass out of US and provide your service around the world..................
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    kinggremlin , February 19, 2014 8:47 PM
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    Phoenix and two nearby cities..... most likely suburbs like Tempe and Scottsdale. If only we could get that here in Tucson....


    How hard is it to click on an internet link? The link names every city they are looking at. You guessed correctly, that Tempe and Scottsdale were the 2 suburbs. But you wouldn't have had to guess if you had just clicked on the link.

    Cool to see the city I live in on the list. However, even if they are official selected, it will be years before this service is available to anyone in these new cites.
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    Truckinupga , February 19, 2014 8:53 PM
    I just wish that we rural customers were not always left out of the deal, I have one choice which I am surprised at that since I live 10 miles from the city limit and its cable internet to boot. But the problem is its riddled with problems and high priced packages, Google please help.
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    JOSHSKORN , February 19, 2014 9:41 PM
    If Google Dark Fiber was where I'm at, I'd be a first-day buyer. I'm just done with Verizon. Hopefully, the router you have to use with Google Dark Fiber isn't a piece of crap.
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    gwwerner , February 19, 2014 9:51 PM
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    I just wish that we rural customers were not always left out of the deal, I have one choice which I am surprised at that since I live 10 miles from the city limit and its cable internet to boot. But the problem is its riddled with problems and high priced packages, Google please help.
    Unfortunately, it is just too expensive to run a bunch of fiber to all of the houses in rural settings. You will always be 10 years behind what is available in big cities. By the way, the cost to get the free option installed in Provo is $30, instead of $300. I suspect it was because Google took over the City's fiber system.
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    csbeer , February 19, 2014 10:04 PM
    My body is ready Google, take me there...
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    beoza , February 19, 2014 11:56 PM
    Google just buy out UTOPIA in Utah, you'd have access to a couple thousand people, and have access to existing fiber lines that already stretch from Salt Lake City North to Ogden (roughly 30-35miles).
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    icycool_q1 , February 20, 2014 12:12 AM
    You think we can get this shit in Australia? :)  At the rate out GVT is going, we might have 100mbit by 2020.
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    Kieran Warren , February 20, 2014 1:51 AM
    How about some other countries? I would love to have it in London and some other countries would certainly appreciate it as well, ie Canada, Australia, Germany etc
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