Last week we reported that Google Fiber might soon be launched in four major metropolitan areas. Today a blog post from the company has confirmed the new Google Fiber cities. 18 cities across four major metropolitan areas that include Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham will receive the service. These cities were already part of Google’s proposed list of cities to which it could expand Fiber to.
Google is also looking at Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Jose and San Antonio as possible locations for expansion. The company says that it will have more to share about plans for these cities in the months to come.
The company expands into one city at a time so this is undoubtedly its biggest move into new markets yet. That doesn’t mean customers there will be able to link up immediately. Its a long-term investment.
Google will first have to work with city officials to plan out where it will lay down thousands of miles of fiber using existing infrastructure. The design process will take a few months before construction begins.
It goes without saying that residents of these cities will have to wait for a considerable amount of time before they can take advantage of gigabit speeds using Google Fiber. Now that they know Fiber is coming the wait will be even harder.