Google Fiber is slowly, s-l-o-w-l-y making its way into more US markets, and its latest move is intended to make that rollout faster. The Google subsidiary has agreed to purchase Webpass, a high-speed Internet service provider that services residential buildings and businesses in parts of Boston, Chicago, Miami, San Diego, and San Francisco. If you happen to live in one of these cities, you can check your building's access on the main Webpass site.
Webpass isn't an exclusively fiber provider, though the company has been working on rolling out gigabit connections to at least some of its service area, with specific areas of San Francisco, San Diego, and Oakland planned to be supplied by the end of July. Webpass has been around for 13 years supplying high-end customers with connections starting at an impressive (for the US) 100Mbps and going up to gigabit speeds.
Details of the planned acquisition haven't been published, but this isn't the first time Google has simply bought its way into new fiber markets. Google purchased the small municipal fiber network in Provo, Utah, then expanded it with new hardware and farther reach for one of its first expansion markets. It's a safe bet that Google Fiber will simply use its parent company's cash reserves to buy existing high-speed infrastructure in more of its upcoming cities, which are coming soon. Just not soon enough.