Google has good news for residents of four new regions of the United States, as it has announced it is expanding the footprint of Google Fiber, its fledgling 1-gigabit-per-second broadband network.
Google will be expanding Fiber to 18 cities in the Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Nashville, Tenn., regions.
The company also said it’s looking to bring Fiber to five more metro areas: Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; and San Jose, Calif.
The expansion is all a part of Google’s wide-ranging plan to create a better Internet experience for its users, thereby also increasing its own revenue.
The Google Fiber service is currently available in Kansas City; Austin, Texas; and Provo, Utah. The $70 per month service offers speeds at least 10 times faster than the average Internet connection.
Google is in the initial stages of bringing its fiber network to the new localities.
“Our next step is to work with cities to create a detailed map of where we can put our thousands of miles of fiber, using existing infrastructure such as utility poles and underground conduit, and making sure to avoid things like gas and water lines. Then a team of surveyors and engineers will hit the streets to fill in missing details. Once we’re done designing the network (which we expect to wrap up in a few months), we’ll start construction.”
Current pricing for Google Fiber in Kansas City ranges from FREE ($200 construction fee), for up to 5 Mbps download & 1 Mbps upload speed, to $70 per month for up to 1 gigabit (1,000 Mbps) upload & download speed, all the way up to $120 per month for up to 1 gigabit (1,000 Mbps) upload & download speed and 150 TV channels.
To check if Google Fiber is available, or is coming to your area, visit the Google Fiber website.