Google Eyes Chicago & LA for Fiber Expansion

Google is looking at much bigger US cities for its next gigabit moves.

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

December 9, 2015

1 Min Read
Google Eyes Chicago & LA for Fiber Expansion

Google could soon be taking on its biggest gigabit fiber challenge yet, potentially bringing its branded service to the cities of Chicago and Los Angeles.

Google Fiber Inc. said Tuesday that it is inviting the governments of Chicago and Los Angeles to explore bringing Google Fiber to their cities. "Home to a combined 6+ million people, Chicago and LA are the two largest metros we've engaged with to date," writes Jill Szuchmacher, director of Google Fiber expansion, in a blog on the plans.

Just because Google is eyeing adding 1Gbit/s service in Chicago and LA, of course, doesn't necessarily mean that it will happen. The company first works with city leaders -- using a requirements checklist -- to get to know what it needs to do to build out such an infrastructure.

Want to know more about gigabit services? Check out our gigabit section here on Light Reading.

Google Fiber is already operational in Kansas City, Mo.; Austin, Texas; and Provo, Utah. A deployment in Chicagoland or the City of Angels would be an order of magnitude above Google's current operations though.

Google's pricing on its fiber offering has also set the level for other gigabit offerings as well. The company offers a very basic Internet for free, Gigabit Internet is $70 a month, Gigabit Internet plus TV is $130 a month.

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About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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