Update: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is planning to announce Google Fiber expansion to four new cities: Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, N.C.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Nashville, Tenn.
Both Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina have long been listed as potential Google Fiber cities, and Ars Technica reports that these cities could be the next to offer the super high speed Internet and TV service with announcements expected next week and construction possibly beginning as soon as April.
While there has not been any official announcement made by Google yet, the company has scheduled three separate events of some sort next week in Raleigh, Durham, and Charlotte on Wednesday and Thursday evening.
With the potential announcements set for sometime next week, local North Carolina media believes Google could begin building the infrastructure for its Fiber network in April. WRAL TechWire reports that Google has been in talks with engineering firms from around the area to discuss the potential network.
Speaking to WRAL TechWire, a source who asked to remain anonymous said Google is seeking bids to begin building a fiber network as early as April. “Drill crews” have been sought for the fiber-laying process.
Thus far Google’s gigabit speed network has gone live in Kansas City, Austin, and Provo with a long list of potential expansion cities announced last February. Sign-ups for Google Fiber in Austin, Texas only opened up just last month, while Kansas City residents have benefited from 100x faster WiFi at Starbucks thanks to the service.