Google Fiber exploring possible expansion to 9 new metropolitan areas
For those interested in getting (one of) the fastest Internet experiences possible, it’s hard not to get excited about the idea of Google Fiber’s gigabit speeds. Unfortunately, unless you happen to live in Kansas City (MO or KS) or Provo, Utah — you’re pretty much out of luck. The good news is that this situation might be changing in the not-too-distant future.
We already knew that Google intends to bring its Google Fiber services to Austin, Texas in mid-2014, but now Google has taken to its official blog to reveal that they are ready to expand even further. Google has sent out invitations to 34 cities across nine metro areas to discuss the possibility of bringing Google Fiber to these locations.
The 34 cities in question are as follows:
- Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe in Arizona
- San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, and Palo Alto in California
- Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs, and Smyrna in Georgia
- Nashville-Davidson in Tennessee
- Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Morrisville, and Raleigh in North Carolina
- Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Lake Oswego, and Tigard in Oregon
- San Antonio in Texas
- Salt Lake City in Utah
Now to be clear, Google isn’t guaranteeing that it will bring its service to all these areas. Google says they will be working with city leaders in the planning process and will assess what challenges they might face if they decide to expand to these locations. Google plans to announce which cities will be receiving the service sometime by the end of the year.
If you happen to live in one of the cities in the list above, you might want to do whatever it takes to make your voice heard by local city officials as soon as possible. What do you think, if Google Fiber came to your city would you be interested, or are you happy with your current services and speed?