RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Google Fiber is stepping up its expansion strategy beyond construction in current markets such as the Triangle and Charlotte.
The broadband fiber internet provider on Wednesday disclosed plans targeting five additional states:
- Arizona, with one project starting in Mesa as announced in July
The addition of one hub in Iowa marked Google Fibert’s first expansion into a new state in five years, Google Fiber’s CEO pointed out.
“We’re thrilled to be expanding our geographic reach once again — bringing better internet to more people in more places,” wrote CEO Dinni in a blog post. “Stay tuned in the coming months as we fill in this picture with more details about our new cities, even faster speeds and redefined customer service.”
Google Fiber began growing its network in 2020 after a four-year pause. Wednesday’s news follows a series of service enhancements and a growing footprint in North Carolina announced over the last several months.
Noting the previously mentioned states, Jain said: “We’re talking to city leaders in the following states, with the objective of bringing Google Fiber’s fiber-to-the-home service and added: “These states will be the main focus for our growth for the next several years, along with continued expansion in our current metro areas.”
The news comes as “work continues apace in NC, specifically in and around Charlotte and the Triangle,” WRAL TechWire was told.
Google Fiber’s current network:
Des Moines, IA Coming soon
Mesa, AZ Coming soon
Google Fiber Webpass Cities
‘First new state in five years’
In the blog, Jain pointed out Google Fiber has” been steadily building out our network in all of our cities and surrounding regions, from North Carolina to Utah. We’re connecting customers in West Des Moines – making Iowa our first new state in five years – and will soon start construction in neighboring Des Moines. And of course, we recently announced that we’ll build a network in Mesa, Arizona.”
The news comes at a time for increasing competition in the fiber network marketplace with several companies expanding operations across the state.
“We’re living in a world that has finally caught up to the idea that high-speed, reliable internet — at gigabit speeds — is no longer a bold idea or a ‘nice to have,'” Jain wrote. “The experience of the last couple of years has certainly taught us that.”