Google thinking of bringing Fiber to nine more metro areas


Google (GOOG -0.5%) is making good on its promise to be ambitious with Fiber: The Web giant says it has "invited" 34 cities in nine metro areas - San Jose, Portland, San Antonio, Phoenix, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Nashville, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham - to "explore what it would take to bring them Google Fiber."

Google has thus far launched Fiber's Internet and TV services in Kansas City and Provo, and is in the midst of bringing them to Austin. Fiber's 1Gbps speeds and aggressive pricing have caused heartburn for competing ISPs.

Google says it aims to "provide updates by the end of the year about which cities will be getting Google Fiber," and will work on a "joint planning process" with each candidate.

The announcement comes shortly after the FCC stated it's thinking of removing state laws blocking municipal broadband investments.

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  • Jack Staub
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    What happens after Google abandon's this initiative?
    Ask Motorola.
    19 Feb 2014, 01:59 PM Reply Like
  • eh.geee@gmail
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    The sum total of similarities between dark fiber and Motorola would be zero.
    Google made the only reasonable play on the table, to acquire Motorola, and they invested the necessary time, money and people to bring its products to market. It wasn't competitive and showed no prospect of being profitable against the likes of Samsung, LG and other Google hardware partners in Razr thin profit-margin markets.
    Investors in Google clearly applauded the decision by Google's execs to divest the company of an underperforming business unit.
    This is not a question of loyalty or perseverance, nor should anyone making the hefty investment of subscribing to a Google Internet service expect that Google has made a solemn oath to continue any such service at a loss, but who thinks bandwidth is going to be a loss?
    Google started putting strategic pieces on the board years ago as it bought up all the dark fiber it could find and now it has a significant opportunity as the rest of the US communications infrastructure collapses after decades of the US Government spending money on anything except infrastructure.
    I'm all for tech vendors like Google and Apple in schools. If I have to choose between the US Government "education" department and tech companies, I'll choose the latter (just put a bar on twitter, facebook and all the inane timesink sites.)
    19 Feb 2014, 03:22 PM Reply Like
  • twomack1234
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    We live in KC and google fiber is not all that great, IMO
    19 Feb 2014, 02:45 PM Reply Like
  • jsteinm1
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    Do you have google fiber? What is not great about it? Down a lot? Slow Speeds (for the paid 1Gbps connection)?
    19 Feb 2014, 03:28 PM Reply Like
  • McDub76
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    This is a very vague comment and I wish you would expand on it if you could.

     

    With that being said, Netflix streams HD movies at 5Mbps so what on earth are you downloading that makes you feel Google Fiber "is not all that great"? Surely you haven't hit a limitation of Google Fiber. Perhaps your tablet/computer, WiFi router, the website you are downloading from, etc. has limited you.

     

    If users paid for 1Gbps and are getting less than 5Mbps, I couldn't imagine the press letting that slide....
    19 Feb 2014, 11:16 PM Reply Like
  • samuel_liu
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    Is it just San Jose or a larger area. Google's wifi in Mountain View didn't work in 2012!
    19 Feb 2014, 03:16 PM Reply Like
  • fretburnt
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    AWESOME! Looking fwd to the roll-out and GOOG crushing the evil incumbents...
    19 Feb 2014, 04:29 PM Reply Like
  • cereal
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    I'd rather be evil than be a dork nerd.
    19 Feb 2014, 11:36 PM Reply Like
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