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Google Fiber Plans Expansion To 34 New Cities (Including Salt Lake)

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Google Fiber Plans Expansion To 34 New Cities (Including Salt Lake)

The race for the Internet gigabit space took another leap forward this week with Google Fiber’s announcement that it has targeted 34 more cities in 9 metro areas for access to Google internet services at the increasingly popular 1Gps speed.

Salt Lake City is one of the additional regions Google is considering for network expansion along with additional cities in Arizona, California, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Oregon and Texas. (Google Fiber’s blog announcement includes a comprehensive list of the 34 additional sites in all states.)

Google expects to give final selection decisions to the 34 new candidate locations by the end of the year. Of particular note to cities vying for future expansion, much of Google’s choice for current candidates is dependent on cities’ ability to conduct their own legwork. Cities with existing infrastructure that is pervasive and documented can gain a leg up in getting their infrastructure maps in order and making it faster and easier for Google to make permit requests, knowing the company can put its fiber on the cities’ existing Internet poles.

By targeting cities with existing infrastructure, Google is not only able to move forward more quickly, but is able to minimize the disruption to recipient cities that is caused by the necessity for digging up streets to establish new conduits, the company said.

Of the selections, Google representative Angie Welling told representatives of Salt Lake City, “Google chose to work with Salt Lake City because of how tech-savvy the area is. Google would love to see what local entrepreneurs would do with a high-speed gig connection.”

While Google has previously said that Google Fiber’s launch is meant to also spur the growth of competitive platfoms from other providers, the company’s fast expansion is making Google itself a bigger competitive force than before. As I have previously reported, Chattanooga Tenn., has built its own ultra high speed fiber network, and AT&T has launched a similar offering in Austin, Texas, after Google’s announcement of plans to provide services there.

Of interesting note, Google has also acknowledged in this week’s announcement call that expanding to more cities also gives the company additional negotiating power in persuading TV stations to join Google’s digital TV service, which the company is including along with Internet services in initial markets.

Notes Utah executive Christian Faulconer, after attending Provo, Utah’s Google Fiber grand opening, while benefits such as Google television are highly attractive, the ultimate advantages of Google Fiber and other ultra fast networks will the benefits it brings to entrepreneurs.

Said Faulconer: “Recording eight shows at once is, to be honest, a dream come true for me, but I’m most excited about what will come when a talented developer with an idea and some energy realizes that she can solve a problem that couldn’t be solved before. When someone streams classroom lectures from my daughter’s middle school for kids that are sick because they can, for example, that is when we’ll start to understand what a completely fiber connected city can mean.”

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Portland Edges Closer To Google Fiber

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Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes Portland, Oregon has taken another step toward finalizing a franchise agreement with Google Fiber. In a unanimous vote, the city council has approved the prospective contract. While existing Internet Service Providers fume, Mary Beth Henry, manager of Portland's Office for Community Technology, pointed out that Google is prepared to make a major investment in the city's infrastructure, while the other firms ar ...
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