Google to expand ultra-fast Internet service


Google’s ultra-fast home Internet service, Google Fiber, will soon be available for more users. The technology giant announced it plans to expand its service across 34 more cities in the U.S.

Google Fiber was initially launched back in 2011 in a limited number of locations in the U.S. Despite that it triggered wide discussions, since it offers web speed which is reportedly 100 times faster than those offered by average networks.

To expand the service across more areas, Google has collected applications from more than 4,000 U.S. cities. The company has now selected 34 of them that will get the chance to participate in the program. Among them are San Antonio, Atlanta, Nashville, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, San Jose, Portland and many others. All of these cities will be able to decide whether or not to join the service.

However, even if they agree to enter the Google Fiber program, they would need to pass an inspection. Google will examine various factors that can affect the service, like the cities’ geology, housing density, topography and etc.

Nevertheless, Google insiders explained that even if all the 34 cities do not qualify for its broadband internet, the goal is to service around 10% of the U.S. web users.

According to Google, an ultra fast Internet connection will enable companies and developers to create innovative web services. Also, they would have the chance to offer their clients next-generation HD video streaming. In addition, some of the mayors of the selected cities see the news as an opportunity for economic development.

It is predicted that in the future, web speed would be measured in gigabytes. It seems that Google Fiber will pioneer the trend. However, it might soon face a new competition.

The introduction of Google Fiber in more locations came amid prior news that Apple has been developing its very own Internet infrastructure network. It is reported the company will aims to improve the quality and the distribution of its services. In addition, it is said the tech giant will acquire more control over online distribution. Through the network, the company will be able to deliver content from services like iTunes, App Store, as well as iCloud directly to consumers. At present, Apple relies on third-party companies to handle that part.

Google shared that it will reveal the final list of the new Google Fiber cities by the end of 2014. There is no information on when and if the service will make its way to more countries and continents.


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