In its ongoing efforts to blanket the globe in high-speed Internet, Google is expanding its high-speed fiber-optic network to four new metropolitan areas in the United States, the company said on Tuesday.
Google plans to implement Fiber—which offers speeds of up to one gigabit per second—in 18 cities in the greater metropolitan areas of Atlanta, Nashville, Tennessee, Charlotte, North Carolina and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. The company did not detail when it would complete the networks and start services.
The tech giant has already built Fiber networks in Austin, Texas, Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri and Provo, Utah. Google is working to implement Fiber in more cities, the company said.
The Fiber gigabit service—which Google said runs about 100 times faster than standard broadband—costs $70 per month in Austin.
In the "best case scenario," construction of Charlotte's fiber-optic network would start this year, a city spokesperson said. Representatives from the Atlanta and Raleigh governments said the cities will next start designing the systems, though it is too early to estimate when services will start.