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Google Fiber coming to your city, with its promise of gigabit Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than what most of us currently put up with, is about as awesome as winning the lottery often enough to buy Time Warner Cable yourself and using all of the company's resources to funnel a connection to your house and yours only. Thus far the service has only appeared in a few parts of the country, namely Kansas City, Austin, and Provo. Today Google has announced that Fiber may be heading to 34 additional cities spread across nine metropolitan areas.

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Everyone, be jealous of people in:

    Arizona
    - Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe

    California
    - San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto

    Georgia
    - Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs, Smyrna

    North Carolina
    - Charlotte, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Morrisville, Raleigh

    Oregon
    - Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Lake Oswego, Tigard

    Tennessee
    - Nashville-Davidson

    Texas
    - San Antonio

    Utah
    - Salt Lake City

I say may because none of this is set in stone. Google has to work with city leaders to assess each area's potential challenges and ways to utilize existing infrastructure. Any number of things could potentially prevent a market from eventually getting Fiber. Hopefully, at the very least, this will put pressure on other regions and companies to up their game.

Source: Google Blog

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • GazaIan

    Damn, not a single city in the entire Northeast. Shit.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      That sums up my first impression of this map.

    • MJ

      Really? Not Buffalo? Our only choice is Time Warner in the city and we have a bunch of unlit fiber already. Come on Google! This would actually benefit Buffalo but I am sure it's not even on Mayor Brown's radar.

      • http://btleffler.com/ Ben

        Gonna be stuck with Comcast soon if the deal goes through. Help us, Google Fiber, you're our only hope.

        • Atom

          Yep Buffalo is now stuck with comcast (the worst company in the u.s.) google please help us!!!!!!

  • Jephri

    Looks like raisin bran is the only fiber I will be having anytime soon.

    • Willie D

      You could have Fiber One as well ;)

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    • worldclassflame

      Well done !!!

    • josuearisty

      I hate people who lives in these cities.

      • Dillon Shepherd

        I did to... until we got it!
        MUAHAHAHA!!! #provo

  • jamesfuston

    Nashville, TN. It's about time.

    • David Rados

      Hell yea it is. I wonder how long after Davidson county is complete it'll take to branch out to neighboring counties? *cough Rutherford cough*

      • Justin W

        That also depends on them actually choosing to build out their network in that market. Remember, these are just places they are exploring.

        • jamesfuston

          I'd be very surprised if they didn't. Nashville already has tons of fiber infrastructure available for use.

          • Justin W

            My hope is they build out in all of those markets, and next year, they add 15+ more, and so on until we have nation-wide coverage :D

  • Lookatthemonkeys

    Wow, this is awesome. I never thought I would see it expand to this many markets. Even if they are just "talks" it should be enough to get Comcast and the other major telcos worried. The only downside is that this could give the Time Warner more ammuninition is saying there is plently of "competition" in the markets.

    • cabbiebot

      My thoughts exactly.

    • earth

      Yes, this is partly about appearances and also influencing recent anti-muni efforts by telcom industry. Is highly likely Google will select just one market in near term.

  • Spaceman Spiff

    Dammit, bring it to Seattle!

    • basteagow

      Considering that Seattle's new mayor just pulled the plug on Gigabit Seattle, this is absolutely not going to happen—at least not via Google. The city's best bet at this point is Seattle City Light starting something up as part of their upcoming smart meter upgrade. And if that does happen, Eastside will be left out just like it would have been with Gigabit Seattle. =/

  • Enrique

    why not miami florida

    • earth

      They mention avoiding flood prone areas.

      • Cherokee4life

        haha thats funny and possible true as well

    • Javier Vazquez

      I feel you man. Or why not Florida at all?

  • Sorian

    Their not done in the existing locations and they still want to add more?

    • SSDROiD

      Google isn't like your average government or ISP. They say "Fuck you!" to waiting for long contracts and just want to get things done. Google is 15 years old (I think?) and has already accomplished more than any other government on the planet. GOOGLE FOR GOVERNMENT!

      • Matthew Fry

        Careful what you wish for....

        • SSDROiD

          Oh, believe me, I've been wishing for Google to become a government ever since I got my first Android smartphone. My mind is completely made up; if Google ever gets physical control over land and becomes a government, I'm moving there (I'm not even joking)

      • firesoul453

        I can see it now. Ads everywhere! Ads on your tax returns! Ads on the roads!

        • SSDROiD

          Personally, I'd rather have ads than politicians who lie to win, NSA that spies on you and ISP's that care more about getting money from their monopoly zones than upgrading their equipment. I may be in the minority, but seriously, I am 100% happy with Google and would vote for them any day!

  • Mayoo

    I'm using this image too often these days.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      There is no Canada, nor is there a Mexico. Just look at the map.

      • Mayoo

        Yeah I forgot only USA exists. Around, there is only water and somewhere on another planet North Korea, right next to the moon.

        • NinoBr0wn

          But it doesn't apply in *this* instance. It's barely even up and running in the US. It has to start first.

          • Mayoo

            Why can't it start in some places in Canada and in the US at the same time?

            Palo Alto has less population than my hometown on the south shore of Montreal. What makes Palo Alto a better candidate? Oh yeah right, the all mighty USA.

          • Matt

            And lots of google employees probably live there. Are you telling me you'd put fiber in another country before doing it in your backyard?

          • frafri

            we still have people in america that are poor and hungry. yet we still help other countries?
            are you telling me you'd rather feed other countries than your own people?

          • Mayoo

            Yes I would. That is the best way to test a system. When it is in your backyard, you are used to use it and don't really test it. The best way to test something is to give it to someone who never use it before and just observe the actions taken and how the system reacts.

          • squiddy20

            "The best way to test something is to give it to someone who never use it before" Which is exactly what they're doing now. Google Fiber is completely new. The fact that it's established in only 3 cities within the entire US supports this.
            Besides, this is standard procedure for any company doing something relatively new. You start in your own area, then after a period of time, expand to other areas, whether that is within your own borders or internationally. Take McDonald's for instance. The first Micky D's in another country (Canada) opened in 1967, 27 years after the first one opened in the US. Likewise, Tim Horton's was founded in Ontario, Canada (a hop, skip, and a jump away from US borders, I might add) in 1964, and the first US location was opened in 1984, 20 years later.

          • Steve Williamson

            Seriously I know everyone wants this but why are Canada and USA tiied together? Why not UK ? Why can't I get it in south Africa. .. I'm guessing Google want to start in the home country. It sucks its not always my own country but that's way it is

          • Nicholas Polydor

            The UK would be amazing, Small country with a dense population. 100% rollout of FTTP is estimated at £25bn (so about $40bn) and would take around 10 years to complete. However, BT Openreach are dragging their feet by mostly sticking with FTTC and recently hiking their prices for the ISP to pay for fibre from the Cabinet to the Premises (known as FoD - Fibre on Demand).

          • NinoBr0wn

            If you wan to look at it that way, then yea, you are always going to defer to the 'almighty USA' thing. But realistically, it takes a lot of time, effort, money, and other obstacles when rolling out such an infrastructure. This is something very new for Google, and they are an American corp, so they quite obviously will start here and see where it goes. As I already said, I'm here in the US, and I have not even an idea if and when the service would be available for me. So, you cannot just drop the Canada victim card for any and every instance, because it doesn't apply across the board.

          • Mayoo

            By today, I've read all replies and realize it was a silly accusation.

            Thanks everyone.

  • Chris Cromwell

    I was really hoping that San Diego was going to be on the list.

  • Willie D

    Google knows its rollout is too small and it fears a city with competition, like San Francisco so it won't compete here. Although it would be wise to do so as many San Franciscans prefer Google over AT&T and if given a faster option would dump Comcast as well. It would be wise of Google to talk with Netflix about set top boxes and then move directly into former Time Warner cities that are turning into Comcast cities. That would make the FCC and DOJ extremely happy.

    • Brad

      I don't think they fear competition.... it's worlds cheaper than anything else for the speed.

  • Nerds Logic

    Ugh can't wait. Thank you for coming my way

  • frafri

    how about Illinois??

    • luke

      more specifically, how about Chicago?

      • frafri

        How about Springfield, Illinois ?

        • SSDROiD

          Homer Simpson agrees.

          • Stephan

            Homer lives in Springfield Oregon

          • frafri

            Since when??

  • Brian Armstrong

    How far does fiber usually spread into suburbs?

  • NinoBr0wn

    Why do you hate NYC gooooogle

  • kettir

    Frag. No Ohio whatsoever.

    • Wyatt Neal

      Yea, ballz. And after TWC just came out and disconnected me because "the tag on your cable connector looked old, so we assumed no one was using it."

  • Matt

    If it comes to San Jose and I can't get it in Campbell (I'm about 100 feet from the border), I may have to move.

  • kpjimmy

    San Antonio!! WOOT! GIMME lol.

  • J_Pod

    WOOT! I've been envious of my friends who've gotten it up in Provo, but now I may be getting it sometime here in the Phoenix area?? Sweet!

    Question though, does anyone here know how they roll this stuff out? Say if I lived in an apartment complex instead of a house, could they still feed it to my apartment? Or are they only doing houses?

  • CerealFTW

    Well I live like 10 miles from SLC(bountiful). Any chance of me getting some fiber action?

  • Johnny Bravo

    YEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH, CARY, NC. WOOOOOHHOOOOOOO. I CANT EXPRESS HOW HAPPY I AM FOR THIS

  • Aaron Huffman

    I'm in Santa Clara and, I'm pumped! The rollout(if it's gonna happen) will probably happen sooner rather than later because there is already fiber in the ground(just not to all the houses).

  • david coffey

    well, it's progress, at least. really hoping something happens here in the stl area soon. we have uverse and centurylink, who both are soooo bad that hardly anyone uses their service. then we have charter. performance wise, charter is fantastic, but paying $50 a month for internet (it is 30mbps) kinda sucks.

  • The Seventh Son

    F*c$ it, I'm moving to Kansas! Wait no that actually sounds awful.. Even if I had Google Fiber, I'd still be in Kansas. I take it back.

    • Jim Nosrati

      Why would you even leave your house if you had google fiber?

      • The Seventh Son

        Because life is happening outside, not behind a computer screen.

        • Matthew Fry

          Life is used to be happening outside.

  • Matthew Fry

    The entire Salt Lake City Metro Area already decided to get its own fiber. It was all going well and some areas had over 90% coverage but then Comcast and CenturyLink started to whine about how if UTOPIA became more widespread they wouldn't be able to compete. Well, no shit Sherlock, it's because you charge whatever the hell you feel like. The Chamber of Commerce supported their claim and UTOPIA expansion halted. Now there are 3 or 4 providers for the fiber that exists and the project is dead. Everyone wins. That is, everyone who is Comcast, CenturyLink, and whoever they bought in our Chamber of Commerce.

    Anyway, so this is why Salt Lake is a potential candidate. Like Provo, we have an infrastructure in place that just needs to be maintained and expanded. I have serious doubts that Google will make it here though since Comcast has everyone in their pocket.

  • tokuiten

    Really, Google? San Antonio? Really?

    C'mon, Dallas would be a much nicer place...

  • cbstryker

    CANADA! PLEASE!

  • Sean Carreon

    Yes! San Antonio may get some! This is so awesome!

  • Justin Wood

    What's up with all the obscure cities? Why not Pittsburgh? We're a big tech city with a big Google presence.

  • Mario E Hdez

    YEEEEESSSSS

  • AgustinRodriguez

    Triangle NC? OH YEAH!

  • http://www.jimmyday.com/ Jimmy

    As a new resident of Smyrna, GA...HELL to the YES!

  • Dany Bouffard

    I wish we could have a chance of Gogle Fiber here in Canada, maybe someday in the far future.I am not accusing google of favoritism, just wish they were as strong here in Canada than in the US.

  • http://www.kcmartz.com/ Kcmartz

    Come to Kerrville, TX? I might be able to move in with family there if you come to that area, TWC is awful in Kerrville.

  • Mark Lawless

    I always watch and see what Japan gets. It's so exciting once they have it, it means I should be able to have it also in about 7 more years. It's always so exciting!

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