Google today has announced that it will begin “exploring” the expansion of Google Fiber to three new cities. The company announced in a blog post that it will begin working with city officials in Louisville, KY, Irvine, CA, and San Diego, CA to plan the launch of Fiber. The announcement of Fiber coming to San Diego makes it the largest city for the service to date. Previously, San Antonio was the largest city with plans for Fiber.
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Today, we’re inviting three more cities—Irvine, CA, Louisville, KY, and San Diego, CA—to work with us to explore bringing Google Fiber to their communities. Our next step is to begin a joint planning process with city leaders, just as we did when we began working with nine metro areas last year.
Google says that it will first conduct a detailed study of factors that could affect construction of Fiber in each city. City officials will be responsible for providing Google with a checklist of items, including factors such as utility lines, to speed up the process. Google says that working so closely with city officials makes the process of building the infrastructure considerably easier.
After the initial planning process is complete, Google will determine if Fiber can be brought to Irvine, Louisville, and San Diego. Google notes that every city is different and will move at different paces, but that it will keep citizens updated with the process as time progresses.
Google compliments the city leaders in each of today’s three new cities for being passionate about bringing Fiber to their citizens and for ensuring that their cities each have a thriving tech environment.
Louisville announced as next Google Fiber city. A huge step for our community. Watch my Periscope at 1:30pm for details @googlefiber— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) September 10, 2015
High speed Internet helps communities grow & attracts businesses. A Foundation for innovation & economic growth. @LouForward— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) September 10, 2015
Starting this week Google will work closely with us to explore what it will take to build new fiber optic network to #Louisville— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) September 10, 2015