In the United States, Google’s fiber to the premises service is called Google Fiber, which h was introduced to provide cable and broadband internet television to a small and slowly increasing number of locations. First of all this service was introduced to the Kansas City metropolitan area and also including 20 Kansas City area in first 3 years. Initially intention was for an experimental project but later in December 12, 2012 Google Fiber was announced as a viable business model. Eric Schmidt is the Google’s executive chairman stated “It’s actually not an experiment, we’re actually running it as a business” at the New York Times’ DealBook Conference.
Los Angeles and Chicago are the two America’s biggest metro areas that are now on the list of potential Google Fiber sites. In the US market Google’s parent company is serious about becoming a major ISP and TV provider. Google’s gigabit Internet service is accessed by six million additional people and in less than 10 seconds users can download a gigabyte of information. In a blog post Google announced the potential expansion that largely city leaders need to make the next move.
In the blog post it is written as “While we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to bring Fiber to Chicago and L.A, this is a big step for these cities and their leaders”. A PDF checklist is provided by this post to offers a link to of requirements that municipalities have to meet. The list includes everything from construction, access to telephone poles, to using city-owned land for the “huts” that house communications equipment. When you meet Google’s requirements then only your city leaders can bring Google Fiber to town.
An announcement says “From Venice Beach to Wrigley Field, we’ll study the different factors that would affect construction like topography and city infrastructure and use that information to help us prepare to build a local fiber network”. The Google Fiber was initially and famously launched in Kansas City and then expanded to Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah. Now officially six other cities have been confirmed to receive the service.
Sites such as Oregon and Portland have been potential sites form a few years. So residents of Chicago and LA shouldn’t expect to switch their ISPs anytime soon. It could be years to complete the trucks get rolling, when Google ultimately commits to the cities. Google has been creeping its way into the ISP and TV delivery business over the past two years, with an enticing package of products built around its blazing-fast Gigabit service.
1 GBPS Internet speeds to residential customers is not only the first service offered by the Fiber. When compared to Google’s road map, everything feels different in Fiber, from for deployment, to the hardware and services it offers.