Google is back on track with its fiber deployment schedule, following a blank 2014 where Google Fiber arrived in Austin, TX, and will be hitting four new cities in the US very soon.
Under the #FiberIsComing campaign tag, Google Fiber will arrive in Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, NC. Google is lining up other smaller cities in Missouri and Georgia for additional fiber deployment.
This is Google’s largest expansion to date and comes one month before the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision on net neutrality, which could give Google Fiber more prominence in the broadband battle.
Google recently sent an open letter to the FCC pleading for Title II reclassification on broadband, which would allow them access to utility polls currently locked away by broadband providers.
Salt Lake City, Portland, San Jose, Phoenix and San Antonio are five other potential Google Fiber locations in the near future. Google is reportedly looking into a smaller fiber investment in Palo Alto, where Apple’s headquarters are based.
Google will use the normal deployment routes for the four new cities, allowing the most active neighborhoods fiber first. Google has not confirmed if the four cities offered subsidiaries to entice Google Fiber into deployment.
Google Fiber will be available in three packages, a 5Mbps free option ($300 installation fee), a 1Gbps internet option for $70 per month and a internet and TV option for $120 per month.
There are reports Google will utilize T-Mobile and Sprint’s wireless networks and build an MNVO to bundle into its broadband and TV package. This would give Google access to all internet bills, and give customers the complete package.
Google has not commented on deployment into Europe and Asia, and is still invested in bringing fiber internet to the United States first.
The company is also working on global solutions with SkyBox Imaging and Project Loon, two projects to bring satellite internet to all of the world.