In Google Inc.’s latest plan for world domination, they plan to roll out their fiber-optic internet service to four more metropolitan areas in the United States. It was rumored last week, but it’s now been confirmed: Google Fiber is set to be launched in Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Nashville, Tenn.
Google Fiber was established nearly five years ago to test out the potential of providing nearly unheard of internet speeds to a wider audience. With data speeds reaching 1Gbit/s and the option of television service, Fiber offers speeds at least 10 times faster than the average American experiences.
Since its first major launch in Kansas City in 2011, both the Kansas and Missouri sides, many cities have sought after the fiber-to-home service. Since then, Google has rolled out the plan to Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas, before today’s announcement of their expansion to the southeast.
The release in the Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Nashville, Tenn. metro areas will provide 18 cities with the option of joining the new-age fiber network. As with most major projects, it will most likely take nearly a year in each area to get the network up and running. Google has set up press events in all four areas for formal announcements.
Google Fiber has been slowly rolled out to different areas to test different markets, troubleshoot issues and prove its effectiveness, so that the inhibitions of potential market cities are lowered. The overall plan for the project is to promote digital literacy and “spark innovation and collaboration” among its users.
Google also continues to explore the possibility of expanding fiber to Phoenix, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, San Jose, Calif. and Portland, Ore.Source: Wall Street Journal