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Salt Lake City might be the last to get non-wireless Google Fiber

Google Fiber is arriving in Salt Lake City today, but future cities receiving the service might get wireless technology instead of fiber.

Published onAugust 24, 2016

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Google Fiber has arrived in Salt Lake City and is starting to take sign-ups as of today.  The search giant’s infamous gigabit Internet service is available for $70 or, if those speeds are a bit too blazing for you, SLC net surfers also have a $50, 100Mbps option. Gigabit with TV will run you $140.

Salt Lake City is the seventh locale to receive Google Fiber, but there’s a possibility that it may be the last. At least in terms of actual fiber. Google recently purchased ISP Webpass, and it would seem that Google Fiber is considering using point-to-point wireless technology instead of fiber for future rollouts. Using wireless tech would make deployment far easier, considering the current way that Fiber arrives in cities requires extensive infrastructure redevelopment.

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Google says they have hopes to bring their blazing internet service to 16 additional cities in the future.

Right now, Fiber in Salt Lake City will cover “roughly 112 blocks from 100 South to 800 South between 400 West and 1300 East,” according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Google anticipates rolling out the service to more and more parts of the city over the remainder of 2016.

If you’re a denizen of the area, you can see if service is available where you live by going to the Salt Lake City Fiber landing page and checking your address. If demand is high, as it has been in other regions, then it might take a week or more for your service to arrive after you sign up.

What are your thoughts regarding Fiber’s arrival in the heart of Utah? What city should they come to next? Let us know in the comments below!

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