Gigabit broadband provider Google Fiber has announced its intentions to expand coverage to Huntsville in Alabama, using part of the fibre network that Huntsville Utilities is building. A statement from Jill Szuchmacher, director of Google Fiber Expansion, read: ‘To date, we’ve built the majority of our Google Fiber networks from scratch. But over the past five years, we’ve repeatedly seen that every city is unique. So, in order to bring fibre to more people, we’ve taken different approaches in different places. In Provo, Utah, our Google Fiber service is being delivered over a network we purchased from the city … Pending final approvals, Huntsville Utilities will design and construct its network. Once the network is built, Google Fiber — or any other broadband provider — will be able to bring high speed internet service to the city.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Google Fiber is currently commercially available in Kansas City (Kansas/Missouri) 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, Los Angeles, San Diego, Irvine and San Jose (all California), Louisville (Kentucky), Portland (Oregon), Phoenix (Arizona), Jacksonville and Tampa (both Florida), Chicago (Illinois) and Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) are all on the constantly evolving list of ‘potential’ markets.