Google’s extends fiber network to four new US cities

Google is planning to expand its high-speed fiber-optic internet service into four new metro areas including Atlanta, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, and Charlotte in North Carolina.

The Wall Street Journal cited local reports claiming that the search giant has sent out invitations to local news organisations in the four cities for the media to attend events scheduled this week.

Google fiber network offers speed up to one gigabit per second which is reportedly ten times faster than the average US internet connection in Kansas City, Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas.

Laying up of the fiber network is expected to begin in April, and presently Google is seeking bids to start building a fiber network.

Drill crews have been reportedly sought for the fiber-laying process, a source familiar with the matter told WRAL TechWire.

Google previously announced that it was planning to bring its fiber network to nine new metro areas which include Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Phoenix, Portland and San Jose.

However, it is yet to make the final decision about bring the fiber network in the cities.

Google Fiber network first started operations in Kansas City in 2012 where it charged $80 a month for a gigabit service and gave a slower version for free after a one-time connection fee.

The tech giant also provided a combo offer of $120 a month for Internet plus a cable-style TV package in Kansas.

Google is reportedly planning to offer mobile phone plans to customers directly, with the service running on the cellular networks of T-Mobile and Sprint.

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