In what is the first significant expansion since suspending new construction at the end of 2016, Google recently detailed its future plans to bring its Fiber Internet services to more regions. The company say now it plans to bring high-speed Internet access through Google Fiber to five new states, including Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Idaho.
According to Google Fiber’s Dinni Jain, Google has been busy behind the scenes for the past few years. In a blog post, Jain mentioned that the teams focused on Google Fiber’s vision and looked at service delivery and product improvements. Jain also said the Google Fiber team traveled across the United States and held conversations with elected officials to bring the Internet to businesses and residents “as quickly as possible.”
While there’s no specific date when the services will go live, expansion over the next few years will focus on Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Idaho. Additionally, Google Fiber will also expand into current metropolitan areas. At the same time, Google plans to work with officials so communities can build their own fiber networks, as seen before in the cities of Huntsville, Alabama, and West Des Moines, Iowa.
“At no time in Google Fiber’s history has this been more important than today. We live in a world that has finally come to terms with the idea that high-speed, reliable internet – at gigabit speeds – is no longer a bold idea or a ‘nice to have’,” Jain said.
It’s been a tough decade for Google Fiber since its launch in 2012. As noted Ars-Technicainitial Google Fiber rollouts were limited, prices were a bit high in some cities with no competition, and service was cut entirely in Louisville, Kentucky at one point.
Dinni Jain told Reuters Google Fiber that the team is ready to “add a little more build speed”, so there seems to be a lot of new promise in this promised new rollout. It should be clear, however, that Google Fiber does not plan to come to all of the United States. Jain told Reuters “No, we are not trying to build the whole country.”
According to a map on the Google Fiber website, the service is available in 19 different cities in 13 different states. The service is a mix of Webpass and Fiber, with Webpass being a wireless method of providing internet without laying fiber optic cables.