Google is continuing its quest to wire the U.S. with gigabit internet by announcing its interest in expanding the company’s Google Fiber to 34 new cities in the U.S. Google currently offers Google Fiber in a few American locales, Kansas City, Kansas and Provo, Utah, and will arrive in Austin, TX by the middle of 2014. Google Fiber provides its customers with super high-speed internet access and some television programming as well.
Google has contacted 34 cities across the U.S. to discuss how to bring Google Fiber to those areas. The cities in which Google has contacted follow below:
– Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe
– San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto
– Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs, Smyrna
– Charlotte, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Morrisville, Raleigh
– Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Lake Oswego, Tigard
– San Antonio
– Salt Lake City
Since the process of bringing Google Fiber to new locations requires much prep work and construction, Google will work closely with each location in determining how Google Fiber could make its way into the new communities.
We’re going to work on a detailed study of local factors that could affect construction, like topography (e.g., hills, flood zones), housing density and the condition of local infrastructure. Meanwhile, cities will complete a checklist of items that will help them get ready for a project of this scale and speed. 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. 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.
Although I can’t imagine any one of these communities not doing all they can to get Google Fiber in their areas, there may be some locations in which Google Fiber will not make it to. But you can bet your bottom dollar Silicon Valley will have no problems getting Google Fiber soon.
via: The Next Web