Google Eyes Expanding Fiber in 34 Cities, Providing Wi-Fi

Google Fiber, the company's first official entrance into the Internet service provider (ISP) marketplace, has already expanded to a handful of locations. Now Google reportedly is considering the addition of public Wi-Fi service in 34 cities, all of which would be receiving Fiber as well.

Google is sending out documents to the residents of 34 cities in order to build up interest in a possible Wi-Fi service, according to tech news media. Just like the previous Google Fiber expansions, the company would have to work with local officials before entering the area and setting up as a new ISP.

Costly Setup

Google's document says the company needs a response from local officials in the locations by May 1 if they are interested in having the company's super-high-speed Fiber and possibly the new Wi-Fi service installed. Since the Wi-Fi service may rely on Fiber's infrastructure, the setup for either option is difficult and expensive.

Google will require detailed information regarding the layout of a city, including the location of utility poles, manholes, rights of way, etc, in order for it to come up with an efficient Google Fiber setup. On top of that, the company reportedly needs land for utility huts, which would be leased for up to 20 years.

The Google Fiber cables would run from the huts to individual neighborhoods and would then be used to service a few hundred locations. If a public Wi-Fi service was included with the setup, it would provide a new way for people to get online when they are not inside of their homes.

A New Connection Method

Details regarding how the Wi-Fi service would actually work were not included in the document, which means that we do not know how fast the connection would be. Even if it were not particularly fast, free and...

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