Google Fiber Exploring Connecting 34 New Cities

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Building on its momentum in Kansas City, Austin and Provo, Google Fiber has started early discussions with 34 cities in nine metro areas around the United States to explore what it would take to bring a new fiber-optic network to their community, according to Milo Medin, VP, Google Access Services. Over the last few years, gigabit Internet has moved from idea to reality, with dozens of communities working hard to build networks with speeds 100 times faster than what most of us live with today.

As cities across America are making broadband speed a priority, hundreds of mayors from across the U.S. have stated that abundant high-speed Internet access is essential for sparking innovation, driving economic growth and improving education. Portland, Nashville and dozens of others have made high-speed broadband a pillar of their economic development plans. And Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, declared in June that every school should have access to gigabit speeds by 2020.

"We aim to provide updates by the end of the year about which cities will be getting Google Fiber," said Medin. "Between now and then, we’ll work closely with each city’s leaders on a joint planning process that will not only map out a Google Fiber network in detail, but also assess what unique local challenges we might face. These are such big jobs that advance planning goes a long way toward helping us stick to schedules and minimize disruption for residents."

Studying Local Factors
Google will be working 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, providing maps of existing conduit, water, gas and electricity lines so that Google can plan where to place fiber. They’ll also help Google find ways to access existing infrastructure — like utility poles — to avoid unnecessarily digging up streets.

"While we do want to bring fiber to every one of these cities," said Medin, "it might not work out for everyone. But cities who go through this process with us will be more prepared for us or any provider who wants to build a fiber network. In fact, we want to give everyone a boost in their thinking about how to bring fiber to their communities; we plan to share what we learn in these 34 cities."

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