Know About Google Fiber

Google Fiber has slowly been spreading to U.S. cities, and its recent acquisition will bring it to five additional ones. Its goal is to reduce the cost and increase the availability of high-speed internet.

Related: Google Fiber Team Looks to Cut Costs, Staff

Fiber’s development, however, has been slow, to say the least. But this latest acquisition by Google and its new license with the FCC will likely help get the initiative moving a little faster. Here are six things you should know that will help you understand Google Fiber.

1. Slow development up until now

Many people assumed Google Fiber would be available in all major cities almost instantly. After all, it was a Google product — and that mega-company essentially has unlimited funds, so everyone expected a fast launch. It’s been the complete opposite, but there is now light at the end of the tunnel.

The growth of Google Fiber should speed up now that it is focused on 5G. Its acquisition of Webpass, a company that was deeply invested in 5G networks and wireless technology, along with a license granted by the FCC to explore “experimental radio service” in 12 cities over the next 24 months, is a good sign for the future.

2. Cities that currently offer Google Fiber

Google Fiber is currently available in these nine areas:

  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Austin, Texas
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Kansas City, Mo.
  • Kansas City, Kansas
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • Provo, Utah
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill “Triangle,” N.C.

 

3. Where Google Fiber will land next

Some cities that have already been confirmed as upcoming Fiber locations include:

  • Huntsville, Ala.
  • Irvine, Calif.
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • San Francisco, Calif.

Potential locations include:

  • Chicago, Il.
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Portland, Ore.

Related: Chicago and Los Angeles Could Get Google Fiber. And That’s a Very Big Deal for Entrepreneurs.

Some experts have been performing their own research and crunching data to come up with a list of logical cities where Google Fiber might land next.

4. What speed to expect from Google Fiber

Google Fiber speeds are fast — very fast.

A gigabit per second, or 1000 Mbps, is attractive, especially for households that have multiple internet users and devices. Multiple computers, laptops, mobile devices and tablets can really bog down a traditional internet connection.

With Fiber, multiple devices can stream simultaneously without causing any performance issues. If you want to visually understand how fast a gigabit is, check out this video.