Google to Extend Fiber Reach to More Cities in Southeastern US

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Google has announced intentions to bring its high-speed gigabit Internet to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham metro areas, among a handful of other cities in southeastern United States.

Even though Google did not mention when its service will be ready for use, residents within the areas anticipating the introduction have already begun rejoicing over the idea of an over 100 times faster Internet connection, writes Alyssa Newcomb of ABC News.

The Internet giant has set a competitive price for its one gigabit per second Internet service, charging $70 per month for its net service and $120 for a television and Internet bundle (as last offered in Kansas City market).

The Fiber project has been continuing five years since after Google offered to build a state-of-the-art fiber-optic Internet service in one U.S. metro area as an experiment.

The service is currently up and functional in Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas and is considering moving into Phoenix, Portland(OR), Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose, writes Jessica Guynn of USA Today.

Consumers and businesses applying for the high-speed Internet connection aim to break free from the shackles of the average connection speed of about 10 megabits per second in US, which is currently the 14th fastest average speed in the world.

The high speed Internet service allows movies to be downloaded in a matter of minutes. Google has recognized the service as one that will promote advances in the fields of science and business.

Vice president of Google Fiber Dennis Kish referred to the nonprofit in a blog post, where he mentioned Google’s intentions to spread the reach of its fiber optic Internet service.

“New research from the Fiber to the Home Council shows gigabit networks are contributing billions of dollars in economic growth. Communities across America are demanding more speed for their own homes and businesses, and we’re going to keep doing our part to help.”

City leaders of Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham represented two of the nine metropolitan areas who applied for Google’s service lats year, anticipating a response.

Google’s officials are currently working on the next step on setting up net in Charlotte, which is preparing a detailed design scheme followed a large construction project over thousands of miles that connects the fibers underground or on utility poles, writes Rick Rothacker and Katherine Peralta of Charlotte Observer.

Investors, however, have expressed their growing concern over Google’s rising capital expenses. The project has been labeled as a highly expensive experiment by Wall Street and one that will force broadband providers to boost their speeds and drop their prices.

UBS analyst Eric Sheridan recently wrote a research on the project, calling the expansion a propagation of a controlled initiative.

“We believe Google Fiber serves dual aims: a) to push current infrastructure providers to upgrade their networks; and b) to raise consumer standards for Internet speeds broadly,”

The Fiber project has raised concern over doubts that it may be increasing the digital gap between low-income and high-income communities. Google continues to take measures to reach out to low-income communities, such as sending employees from door to door and encouraging alliances with community groups.

Google is also simultaneously working on releasing a nationwide cellular service that uses the aid of T-Mobile and Sprint networks.