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Google to extend Fiber project to 18 more cities

Google FiberGoogle is launching its Google Fiber internet to 18 more US cities across four new metro areas – Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham. 

Announcing the move, Google said that bringing gigabit-speed internet to these cities in the Southeast of the US is a “long-term investment” and follows a joint planning process with city leaders over the past year to get the communities ready.

“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,” said Dennis Kish, vice president, Google Fiber.

“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.”

Google first started experimenting with Gigabit-speed broadband almost five years ago and now offers internet and fibre-powered TV services in Kansas City, Austin and Provo.

It is also continuing to explore bringing Fiber to Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose, with Google claiming it will have updates on these potential Fiber cities later this year.