Google Fiber is the sort of thing that nerds lust over — who wouldn't want access to gigabit speeds? — and today they've laid out the nine cities they're considering for the next expansion of the network. So far Google has rolled out Google Fiber in Kansas City (both the Kansas City in Missouri and the one in Kansas) and Provo, Utah, as well as committed to launching in Austin, Texas.
But who is next? There are nine cities Google is considering across the nation:
- Phoenix, Arizona
- San Jose, California
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
- Portland, Oregon
- San Antonio, Texas
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Salt Lake City, Utah
San Jose makes sense, being in Google's back yard, and Salt Lake City and San Antonio are right nearby existing Google Fiber deployments (Provo and Austin, respectively), so there's already local support infrastructure in place. Of course, part of Google's plan in announcing this is to keep potential customers in the loop, but more importantly they want to galvanize said potential customers into pushing their municipalities to offer the kind of support to Google Fiber has enjoyed in Provo, Kansas City, and Austin. That's sure to ruffle some feathers in the cable industry, but given the current state of the competition, we'll take whatever feather ruffling we can get.