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 city officials in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), Jacksonville and Tampa (both Florida) to create detailed studies of each metro area. The statement from Jill Szuchmacher, director of Google Fiber Expansion, notes: ‘We’ll study factors that may impact construction, like local infrastructure and housing density. City leaders will use our checklist to share key information such as maps of water and electricity lines. Early preparations not only help with our decision-making process – they help cities lay the groundwork for any service provider to enter the market. At the end of this process, we’ll decide if we can bring Google Fiber to these areas’.
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 San Jose (all California), Louisville (Kentucky), Portland (Oregon) and Phoenix (Arizona) are all on the list of ‘potential’ markets.