Google Fiber to bring high-speed internet to five new states

In what is the first significant expansion since the shutdown of new construction in late 2016, Google recently detailed future plans to bring its fiber internet services to more regions. The company now says it plans to provide high-speed Internet via Google Fiber to five new states, namely Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Idaho.

According to Dinni Jain of Google Fiber, Google has been busy behind the scenes in recent years. In a blog post, Jain said the teams focused on the Google Fiber vision and looked at refinements in service and products. Jain also said the Google Fiber team traveled across the United States and held talks with elected officials to bring the Internet to businesses and residents as quickly as possible.

While there is no specific date for when services will come online, the focus of the expansion in the coming years will be Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Idaho. In addition, Google Fiber will also expand in current metropolitan areas. At the same time, Google is considering working with officials to allow communities to build their own fiber networks, as already seen in the cities of Huntsville, Alabama and West Des Moines, Iowa.

“Never in the history of Google Fiber has that been more important than it is today. We live in a world that has finally caught up with the idea that fast, reliable internet – at gigabit speeds – is no longer a bold idea or a nice to have,” said Jain.

It’s been a tough decade for Google Fiber since it launched in 2012. As noted by Ars Technica, the initial rollout of Google Fiber was limited, prices in some cities with no competition were a bit high, and the service was completely discontinued in Louisville, Kentucky at some point.

Dinni Jain told Reuters that Google Fiber said the team is willing to “add a little more build speed,” so there seems to be a lot of new promise in this promised new rollout. However, it should be clear that Google Fiber does not plan to come to the entire United States. Jain told Reuters, “No, we’re 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, where Webpass is a wireless method of providing internet without installing fiber optic cables.

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