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Google Fiber to explore fast gigabit network in 9 more metro areas

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The official Google blog announced on Wednesday that the company is "exploring new cities for Google Fiber."

Google has invited nine metro areas to explore what it would take to bring Google Fiber to their area. The internet is buzzing over the news of the expansion of Google Fiber, as are the people in the areas on Google's target list.

Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and San Jose, have been targeted as the next possible areas for Google Fiber expansion.

It should be noted that Google is not promising Google Fiber to the cities on the list. Google is simply inviting cities to go through the planning process to see what would be involved in building a fiber network in their area.

Google is currently working on rolling out their high speed internet services in Kansas City, Provo, and Austin.

Google claims internet speeds up to 100 times faster than basic broadband with the ability to communicate with Google Fiber's network at 1Gig speeds.

Putting 1Gig speed claims into perspective

The Google Fiber website boasts, "Internet that’s up to 100 times faster than basic broadband."

The Google service website explains all the different reasons why, "Google cannot ensure that you will receive 1Gig speeds from end to end."

You can get on the internet highway and drive 100 times faster, but only on the part of the highway that your provider controls. If you are trying to get to a web server that is saturated with traffic, or accessing a website that is notoriously slow, having a high speed lane on to the highway is no guarantee you will get to your destination any faster.

The Google service website also explains if you are using their service Google Fiber TV to deliver video service as well as internet, the video stream is using part of the gigabit bandwidth, and the data stream can use only whatever bandwidth is left.

In reality, Google Fiber may not be 100 times faster than your current broadband service, but it still should be a vast improvement.

It may be a several years before Google Fiber works its way into becoming a major internet service provider, but it will give some hope to those wondering about the Comcast and Time Warner merger that there may be some real competition in the future.

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What's on your mind today?

Does Google really have a plan to roll out Google Fiber to many more major metropolitan areas over the next few years? Or is Google Fiber just a gimmick to draw attention to the internet services giant?

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