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.

A sign is posted on the exterior of Google headquarters on January 30, 2014 in Mountain View, California.  
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Dustin Volz
Feb. 19, 2014, 11:13 a.m.

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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