How fast is your broadband, gigabit? Regardless of where you live, you likely answered, “Not fast enough!” While your current ISP will keep raising its prices without increasing speeds, there is hope if only just a little, that Google Fiber will save you.
However, the question most on American minds right now is “Will Google Fiber come to my city?”
While the answer is probably no, the residents of up to 34 American cities could soon be enjoying radically faster, up to 1Gbps, broadband internet service:
There continues to be huge interest from consumers and communities in faster broadband. That’s why we want to bring more people access to Google Fiber — Internet that’s up to 100 times faster than basic broadband. We’ve started early discussions with 34 cities in 9 metro areas around the United States to explore what it would take to bring a new fiber-optic network to their community.
• Arizona — Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe
• California — San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto
• Georgia — Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs, Smyrna
• North Carolina — Charlotte, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Morrisville, Raleigh
• Oregon — Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Lake Oswego, Tigard
• Tennessee — Nashville-Davidson
• Texas — San Antonio
• Utah — Salt Lake City
• Google is available in Kansas City, MO and is coming to Austin, TX and Provo, UT
Previously, merely begging Google Fiber was enough to get them to come to town. Now, Google Fiber has conditions before they will consider your city, specifically the search giant wants a stress-free rollout and is looking for incentives — i.e. no regulatory hurdles, tax concessions and more.
And, honestly, if my town could promise Google Fiber was coming, I’d happily approve a tax increase…
What’s your take?