Google Fiber Cities: Present and Future

When Google Fiber came to Provo, it was kind of a big deal. It not only gave Provo residents incredible internet services, but it also reinforced the growing idea that Utah has become a hub of technological innovation and growth. Earlier this year, the buzz around Google Fiber was reignited when it was announced that the service would be expanding to Salt Lake City.

At eFileCabinet, we love it when we hear about new technologies growing and expanding in our surrounding communities. So we decided to take a closer look at Google Fiber and see how it has grown and expanded since its creation in 2011. Check out the slideshow below to see a list of the cities where Google Fiber is available (or will be available) in order of when they received this service.

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1. Palo Alto, California
One residential community near Stanford University was the very first area to experience Google Fiber. In2011, Google held a trial run for area residents, offering free services to members of the community. However, this was only a trial run, and Palo Alto is not currently a Fiber City.

Source: usa-pictures.com

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2. Kansas City, Kansas
After receiving 1,100 applications from around the country, Google selected Kansas City, Kansas, as the first city to receive full-fledged Fiber services on March 30, 2011. The company then expanded that decision on May 17 to include Kansas City, Missouri, offering services to both sides of the state line. Kansas City was the only Google Fiber City for two years before the service began expanding to other areas.

Source: globalriskinsights.com

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3. Austin, Texas
On April 9, 2013, Google announced that Austin would become the next Fiber City. Signups began in December of 2014, drawing a large number of registrations from both residents and local businesses in the area.

Source: tourist-destinations.net

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4. Provo, Utah
Just a couple of weeks after Austin was announced as the next Google Fiber City, Provo was added to the list on April 17, 2013. The city of Provo and Google reached an agreement in which Google purchased the existing fiber network (iProvo) for $1 under the requirement of upgrading the old network. It was also agreed that Google would offer free gigabit service to 25 public institutions and provide 5 Mbit/s service for every home in Provo for free after a $300 activation fee.

Source: Wikipedia.org

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5. Raleigh, North Carolina
In January of this year, Google announced that their fiber network would expand to several more cities in the United States. “The Triangle” in North Carolina will be a part of this expansion, and includes Raleigh, Durham, Garner, and the surrounding towns. The Google Fiber network is currently under construction in these areas.

Source: Forbes.com

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6. Charlotte, North Carolina
North Carolina will be getting two Google Fiber Cities in the near future. The network is also currently under construction in Charlotte.

Source: Wikipedia.org

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7. Atlanta, Georgia
The Atlanta metro area—including Decatur, College Park, and a few other surrounding areas—were also added to the list of future Fiber Cities this year.

Source: layoverguide.com

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8. Nashville, Tennassee
The home of country music will soon be the home of Google Fiber as well. Like the other cities announced in January of this year, the Nashville fiber network is currently under construction.

Source: hamptonnashvilledowntown.com

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9. San Antonio, Texas
The Alamo City will soon join Austin and become the second Google Fiber City in the Lone Star State. This booming city has experienced rapid growth over the last several years, and Fiber is sure to be a welcome addition to the area. They’ll be a little bit behind the other cities on this list though, as their network is still in the planning phase.

Source: nhsa.org

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10. Salt Lake City, Utah
The Beehive State was understandably excited when Salt Lake City made Google Fiber’s list of future cities to host their network. However, it’s not much of a surprise. The Salt Lake and Utah Valleys have been a hub of technological growth over the last several years, with big names like Adobe putting down roots on Silicon Slopes. It was only a matter of time before Google expanded their internet services to the state’s capitol.

Source: travel.aarp.org

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Sources:
https://fiber.google.com/about/, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Fiber

By | 2017-06-05T17:05:20+00:00 September 17th, 2015|
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