Google Fiber is preparing to deploy 1Gbps broadband technology in four new metropolitan areas, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing two people familiar with the situation. As such, the company is expected to announce the launch of Google Fiber in Atlanta (Georgia), Nashville (Tennessee) and Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham (both North Carolina) in the coming days. The speculation over Google’s plans intensified over the weekend after the search engine giant sent invitations to local news organisations in the four aforementioned cities to attend events this week, without identifying the subject.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Google Fiber is currently commercially available in Kansas City and Provo (Utah), while the sign-up process got underway in Austin (Texas) last month. In February 2014, Google said it was considering rollouts in nine new metro areas, including the four cities named in today’s report. The other cities in the running were Salt Lake City (Utah), San Antonio (Texas), Phoenix (Arizona), Portland (Oregon) and San Jose (California). Google has reportedly assured officials in those cities that they have not been ruled out completely, and it has yet to make a final decision regarding their respective inclusion.