Google Fiber planning to expand 1Gbps service to more U.S. cities

Google got into the ISP, TV and phone service business in November 2012 when it launched Google Fiber in the Kansas City metro area. Google is offering 1 Gbps downloads and uploads for just $70 a month in that part of the U.S. and now the company wants to expand that service to other parts of the country.

While the company already has plans to introduce Google Fiber service in Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas sometime in 2014, it announced today that it will pick the next cities that will get the super-fast Internet speeds from a list of nine metro areas in the U.S. (Portland, Oregon; San Jose, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; Phoenix, Arizona; San Antonio, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; and Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina).

Google said it will work closely with each of the cities' leaders to map out a plan to bring Google Fiber to those locations. It added:

We’re going to work on a detailed study of local factors that could affect construction, like topography (e.g., hills, flood zones), housing density and the condition of local infrastructure. Meanwhile, cities will complete a checklist of items that will help them get ready for a project of this scale and speed.

Google hinted that not all of the locations on their list will in fact be picked as their next Google Fiber cities, depending on how the preliminary plans turn out. The company will make a final decision before the end of 2014.

Source: Google Fiber blog | Image via Google

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I'm happy too have the 100 megabit service here in Australia, the gov doesn't want too spend any money on internet here

Is there a catch with this? $70 a month sounds pretty cheap compared to what others are offering. Does Google record all my internet activity for marketing purposes?

Enron said,
Is there a catch with this? $70 a month sounds pretty cheap compared to what others are offering. Does Google record all my internet activity for marketing purposes?

They also a free 5Mbps service in all of the places they offer service.

Svggarden said,
Yes, plus you MUST have Google+ account to access this ISP.

Nope. A Google account, yes, but not G+. I'm a customer and I've been avoiding a G+ account vigorously.

It's crazy to me that other ISP's can't make this happen. Our little cable company in Anchorage, Alaska is planning on offering 1Gbps service in Anchorage by next year (they offer 100Mbps right now) and they don't have any customers outside of Alaska!

To be fair GCI has insanely low Data caps =\ (Just recently moved out of AK) 500GB for the top plan is way to low IMHO. maybe if they didn't charge 50 Cents a gig overages it wouldn't matter at much. But in a house with 3 Heavy data users we could hit that in like a week and a half lol

LOL, that's crazy. Although I agree the data caps are pretty low, but 500GB is plenty for me. I haven't gone over 300GB in a month while watching a healthy amount of Netflix during the month.