So, maybe Google sees a real business in this broadband thing, after all.
Google Fiber confirmed earlier reports that it will bring its mix of 1-Gig and pay-TV services to 18 new cities across four metro areas in the Southeast U.S. – Atlanta, Ga.; Charlotte, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
Depending on the market, that means Google Fiber will be crossing swords with incumbent providers such as AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Comcast, while continuing to avoid any clashes with Verizon FiOS.
Google Fiber has already launched or started deployments in Kansas City; Provo, Utah; and Austin, Texas.
Here’s a list of metros and the individual cities that are now in line:
-Atlanta (including Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs, and Smyrna)
-Raleigh-Durham (including Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, and Morrisville)
“We have completed the exploration phase, and now people across the Southeast are a big step closer to having access to superfast speeds,” Google Fiber noted in a one-pager about the plan. Google Fiber's deployment timelines for these new cities was not immedietly known, but the company did say it will be working with those cities over the “next several months” as it prepares to push ahead on a process that factors in elements such as network design and construction and, eventually, customer sign-ups and service installations.
Google Fiber also announced that it is continuing to explore expansions to five more metros:
-Phoenix (including Scottsdale and Tempe). Incumbents include CenturyLink and Cox Communications.
-Portland (including Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Lake Oswego, and Tigard). Incumbents include Comcast, Frontier Communications, and CenturyLink.
-Salt Lake City. Comcast and CenturyLink are the major incumbents.
-San Antonio (TWC and AT&T are incumbents).
-San Jose (including Santa Clara, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and Palo Alto). Comcast and AT&T are among the incumbents.
Google Fiber said it expects to provide updates on those potential expansion plans later this year.
Google Fiber’s expansion announcement comes as the FCC prepares to vote on upping the definition of “broadband” from 4 Mbps down by 1 Mbps upstream, to 25 Mbps/3 Mbps, and gets ready to vote on a proposed new set of network neutrality rules.