Google Delays Fiber Roll Out

Cities on Google's proposed short list for high-speed Internet service will have to wait a bit longer, as the search giant has put off its announcement until early next year. In February Google said it was exploring the possibility of bringing its Fiber project to 34 additional cities in nine metropolitan regions across the U.S.

Already deployed in Kansas City, Mo., Austin and Provo, Utah, Google Fiber provides gigabit-level network speeds far faster than those currently available in many parts of the country. According to its announcement in February, Google is eyeing extending that service to 34 cities including Atlanta, Nashville, and Phoenix.

We reached out to a Google spokesperson, who told us, "We've been working closely with cities around the U.S. to figure out how we could bring them Google Fiber, and we're grateful for their vision, commitment, and plain old hard work. While we were hoping to have an update for cities before the holidays, we have a bit more work to wrap up; we'll be back in touch sometime early next year."

Google has noted previously that moving forward in other regions would require a joint planning process and identification of any unique local challenges.

"While we do want to bring Fiber to every one of these cities, it might not work out for everyone," Milo Medin, Vice President of Google Access Services, said in February. "But cities who go through this process with us will be more prepared for us or any provider who wants to build a fiber network."

AT&T On Hold

Google is not the only company looking at deploying gigabit fiber for Internet access. Other telcos such as CenturyLink and AT&T have also made plans to build high-speed networking capabilities in various regions across the U.S.

In April, for example, AT&T announced an initiative to...

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