Google Eyes Chicago, LA for High-Speed Fiber

If Google's latest expansion plans for its Fiber project pan out, Chicago and Los Angeles would become the largest U.S. cities to date to see the company roll out gigabit-per-second connectivity within their borders. The company has invited both cities to consider participating in its high-speed networking initiative, Jill Szuchmacher, director of Google Fiber Expansion, said in a blog post today.

Kicked off in 2010, the Google Fiber project was designed as an experiment to "help make Internet access better and faster for everyone." The company has already developed Fiber infrastructure in Kansas City, Austin and Provo, and has efforts in the works in Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City and San Antonio.

Should Chicago and Los Angeles be added to that list, Google Fiber would expand its reach to more than 6 million people. The company said adding high-speed connectivity would help both cities further develop their economies, especially in areas such as tech startups and the arts.

No Guarantees but a 'Big Step'

"Whether it's filmmaking or entrepreneurship or more abundant bandwidth at home, Chicago and LA are the perfect cities to show us what's possible with gigabit Internet," Szuchmacher wrote on the Google Fiber blog.

Moving forward with a checklist process that it has steadily refined over time, Google will "work closely with city leaders to collect detailed information about each metro area," she added.

The Fiber checklist is a collection of best practices recommended to Google by several organizations, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The checklist asks potential metro participants to help in the planning process by identifying key infrastructure owned or not owned by the city; summarizing relevant existing laws and commercial agreements; and confirming which city-owned properties might qualify as locations for Google Fiber network huts.

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