In March 2010, Google Fiber burst onto the ISP scene, offering cities the promise of high-speed broadband service. That promise, however, turned into an increasingly convoluted proposition that eventually forced the company to put its expansion efforts on hold in 2016.
When Google Fiber first launched, it provided cities with internet reaching speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. To put that into perspective, the average household in the United States has an internet connection of just under 20 megabits per second (Mbps), according to Lifewire. Typical high-speed service ranges between 25 and 75 Mbps.
In March 2010, more than 1,100 cities applied to be the company’s first Fiber City, and a year later Kansas City, Kansas was chosen, closely followed by Kansas City, Mo. This would lead to the fiber implementation across Kansas. -Missouri border in 2012.
And the business would continue to expand to the following cities between 2012 and 2016: Olathe, Kansas; Austin, TX; Provo, Utah; Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Huntsville, Alabama; Nashville, TN; Orange County, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Antonio, TX; and The Triangle, North Carolina
Other cities like San Francisco, Oakland and San Diego, CA; Denver, Colorado; Seattle, Washington; Chicago, Ill.; Miami, Florida; and Boston, Mass., were also added to the list of coverage areas thanks to an agreement that took place shortly before the company suspended operations.
But in 2020, Google Fiber announced it was back in the internet service game and working with city officials in West Des Moines, Iowa.
At the time, a company press release stated, “West Des Moines marks our first new market in over four years. During this time, we focused on improving our customer experience in terms of speed, reliability and service.
So far, some areas of West Des Moines are connected via Google Fiber. The company is currently building a citywide duct network to run fiberglass lines through these ducts to reach local homes and businesses.
In addition to West Des Moines, Google Fiber also announced that it is expanding its footprint to Mesa, Arizona.
On July 11, Mesa City Council members voted unanimously to approve licensing agreements with Google Fiber and other service providers — like SiFi, Ubiquity, and Wyyerd — to provide residents with internet connection options. .
“Reliable high-speed internet is not a luxury, it’s an essential service like water or electricity. The way the world works today, no one can afford to be disconnected,” Mesa Mayor John Giles said in a news release. “These partnerships bring us closer to our goals of bringing fiber to every home and business, increasing affordable connectivity for residents, and future-proofing our city.”
Overall, this effort aims to bring additional network connectivity to 264,000 city premises and 2,470 street miles, according to the city.
Regarding Mesa’s current internet landscape, a household survey found that 75% of residents currently have some form of fixed broadband connection. Additionally, 8% of residents rely on their mobile phone data to connect.
Due to this service gap, the city is also looking to expand the current downtown Wi-Fi network to cover an additional nine square miles, impacting city parks, pools and libraries and rolling out a Citizen Broadband Radio network. System in underserved areas.
As for Google Fiber, now that the Mesa City Council has approved all licensing agreements, the internet service provider will begin the process to get permission from the city to begin installing fiber.
However, Mesa may not be the latest city added to Google Fiber’s list of coverage areas this year.
According to an article from highspeedinternet.com, other potential fiber cities are also in the works.
These cities are based in Utah and have an estimated completion date between 2022 and 2023. These cities include Riverton, Millcreek, Taylorsville, South Salt Lake, Holladay, Woods Cross, and Draper.
These plans were confirmed by Mark Strama, Google’s general manager for expansion markets.
“We’ve expanded to a bunch of new cities around our footprint in Utah. We’ve also expanded into Smyrna, for example, around Tennessee, into our footprint in Nashville,” Strama said. Government technology. “We will continue to grow around our existing footprint for the long term.”
As for other things to come, Strama said the company’s near-term goals include continuously improving broadband internet and service quality standards and building a scalable deployment model. to create and maintain a financially viable business.
At the same time, the long-term goals are to bring Google Fiber into more communities and inspire the industry to achieve similar goals.
“I think the way people use the internet has already evolved over the past three years and will continue to evolve as bandwidth increases, and more people get better internet speeds and are able to do more on the internet” , Strama said.