Google looking to expand Google Fiber to nine metropolitan areas

By Kyle Johnson,

Google announced on Wednesday that the Internet search giant is looking at nine metropolitan areas to potentially expand its Fiber TV and Internet service into, which would cover about 34 cities.

According to CNN, Google took to its blog to announce it is looking into the possibility of bringing its ultra-fast service to metropolitan areas including Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Jose, Charlotte, Atlanta, Nashville, Portland and Raleigh-Durham.

The tech company has asked cities about their infrastructure to determine the feasibility of expanding into each of those nine metro locations.

Reuters reports the service, which opened up first in Kansas City in 2013, could help Google continue to grow and could challenge current Internet service providers.

Bernstein Research senior Internet analyst Carlos Kirjner said, "We continue to believe that Google Fiber is an attempt by Google to build a profitable, stand-alone business."

The service currently costs $120 a month, which gives users Internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. The speed drastically beats out average Internet speeds. Only AT&T has made any noise about possibly offering speeds like that.

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