Google Fiber…the dream of every consumer sick of the local cable company. While millions wish they had an alternative option like this, very few do at this time. Where exactly is Google Fiber available, and if its not, what can you do if you are interested in the product.
Currently, the product is only live and operational in three cities – Kansas City, Provo, UT, and Austin, TX. In these markets customers can get 1 Gig internet service for $70 a month, or add on a bundle of cable television channels for $130 per month.
Several additional markets are already approved for Google Fiber and the company is deploying the necessary infrastructure at this time. They include Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham.
Finally, several additional cities are under consideration by the company. They include Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Irvine, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Louisville, Jacksonville and Tampa.
One interesting thing to note is that Google is not making any plans at this point to invade territory covered by Verizon and their FIOS service. Obviously Verizon is in a good place to defend their customer base by already investing billions to bring fiber to most of its territory. Instead, Google is focusing on areas where AT&T and Centurylink are the incumbents, both have recently started deploying fiber in certain markets to offer 1Gig internet, but are far behind Verizon.
So what is the next step if you are a consumer looking to get Google fiber? Head on over to their website and enter your address for updates on service. Even if you aren’t in an area where fiber is available, if it looks like there is strong demand Google may just look closer at your community in the future.