Google is ready to bring Fiber to the Big Leagues. The company today announced it’s invited Chicago and Los Angeles – its two largest cities yet – to join its Gigabit internet program.
In order for Google to get the program going, it needs to work with city leaders to plan out the necessary infrastructure, which it details in a checklist document here.
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Ultimately, it’s up to the cities’ respective governments to decide whether they want to bring the 1 Gigabit speeds to town. As it requires building so much new infrastructure, there’s a chance it won’t actually happen.
Still, it seems unlikely either will object, given Google’s potential to provide many more people and businesses with a crazy-fast connection and compete better against more established tech hubs like San Francisco and New York City. It’s also a shot across the bow to AT&T, which just announced Gigabit connections for the Bay Area yesterday.
➤ Exploring Fiber for Chicago and Los Angeles [Google Fiber Blog]