Google thinking of bringing Fiber to nine more metro areas

|By:, SA News Editor

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.