Google Fiber has confirmed that it is ‘exploring’ three new cities as it seeks to expand the scope of its Gigabit deployment. In an announcement on its official blog, the US firm notes that it will ‘work with Irvine [California], Louisville [Kentucky] and San Diego [California] to conduct a detailed study of factors that affect construction, such as local topography, housing density, and the condition of existing infrastructure. Meanwhile, cities will complete a checklist of items – such as providing a map of utility lines – that will prepare them for a large-scale fibre build’. Jill Szuchmacher, Director of Expansion for Google Fiber added: ‘It’s clear that Irvine, Louisville and San Diego have strong leaders at city hall, who are passionate about bringing fibre to their communities and making the internet more accessible for everyone’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database Google Fiber is currently commercially available in Kansas City, Provo (Utah) and Austin (Texas). Rollouts in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham (North Carolina) commenced in June this year, while Salt Lake City (Utah), San Antonio (Texas), Nashville (Tennessee) and Atlanta (Georgia) are all listed as ‘upcoming’ on the company website. San Diego, Irvine and Louisville join Portland (Oregon), San Jose (California) and Phoenix (Arizona) on the list of ‘potential’ markets.