Google Fiber has confirmed that it is ‘exploring’ development opportunities in Los Angeles and Chicago as it seeks to expand the scope of its Gigabit deployment. In an announcement on its official blog, the US firm says it will work with city officials in the two locations to create detailed studies of each metro area. The statement from Jill Szuchmacher, director of Google Fiber Expansion, notes: ‘As we’ve explored bringing Fiber to other metros across the US, we’ve worked to refine our checklist and prepare for building our network in different places. Now, we’re ready to use that same process to work with two of the biggest cities in the country. Home to a combined six-plus million people, Chicago and LA are the two largest metros we’ve engaged with to date … While we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to bring Fiber to Chicago and LA, this is a big step for these cities and their leaders. Planning for a project of this size is a huge undertaking, but we’ll be sure to keep residents updated along the way.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Google Fiber is currently commercially available in Kansas City, Provo (Utah) and Austin (Texas). In addition, rollouts are underway in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham (North Carolina), Salt Lake City (Utah), San Antonio (Texas), Nashville (Tennessee) and Atlanta (Georgia). Further, San Diego, Irvine and San Jose (all California), Louisville (Kentucky), Portland (Oregon), Phoenix (Arizona), Jacksonville and Tampa (both Florida) and Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) are all on the constantly evolving list of ‘potential’ markets.