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Fiber Games: Google Invites Cities to Apply for Its Superfast Internet

The company’s "Fiber" wireless service is 100 times faster than traditional high-speed Internet.

Dozens of cities in nine metro areas have been deemed potentially worthy for Google Fiber.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

photo of Dustin Volz
February 19, 2014

Google is offering dozens of cities a chance to vie for the tech giant's ultrafast Internet service.

The service, Google Fiber, boasts speeds of 100 times what most Americans consider "high-speed Internet" and is already available in a number of communities. Now Google wants to further expand its reach.

The 34 new cities invited to apply are located within the nine metro areas centered around the following cities: Portland, Ore.; San Jose, Calif.; Salt Lake City; Phoenix; San Antonio, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta; and Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

 

To apply, the cities have to submit a blueprint for how they would install Google Fiber, as well as report to Google on the condition of their cities' infrastructure.

"While we do want to bring Fiber to every one of these cities, it might not work out for everyone," Milo Medin, the company's vice president of access services, said in a blog post. "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."

Google said it intends to provide updates by the end of 2014 on which of the 34 cities will win the right to deliver Google Fiber to their residents.

Google Fiber is already in use in Kansas City, Mo.; Provo, Utah; and Austin, Texas.

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