Three More U.S. Cities Might Soon Get Google Fiber

Google is adding three more potential candidates to the list of cities where it's eyeing the development of high-speed Internet connectivity. Among the latest possible destinations for Google Fiber: Louisville, Kentucky, and two cities -- Irvine and San Diego -- in California.

First announced in 2010, Google Fiber was launched to deliver gigabit-per-second connectivity to a limited number of locations across the U.S. First billed as an "experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone," Google Fiber is already being deployed in Kansas City; Austin, Texas; and Provo, Utah.

Under its current plans, Google is aiming to lay the groundwork for 1,000 Mbps networking in 34 metropolitan areas across the U.S. Others -- including the Federal Communication Commission and the U.S. Conference of Mayors -- have also advocated for improving broadband connections across the country as a way to promote economic development. The U.S. ranks 19th globally in average download speeds, while South Korea leads the world in average network speeds, according to Akamai Technologies' most recent "State of the Internet Report."

Fiber Cities Among 'Fastest in World'

"While much of the United States still lags behind the rest of the world in Internet speeds, cities like Kansas City -- where Fiber started -- rank amongst the fastest cities in the world," Jill Szuchmacher, director of Google Fiber Expansion, said yesterday in a blog post. "We want to see more U.S. cities at the top of that list."

Having added Irving, Louisville and San Diego to its Fiber list, Google will next work with leaders in the three cities to assess the local infrastructures and study factors that could affect construction, Szuchmacher said. Once it has a better understanding of each city's potential, Google will then decide whether to go ahead with deploying fiber.

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