Nashville Targeted For Expanding Google Fiber Network

Nashville Targeted For Expanding Google Fiber Network

CREATED Feb 19, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville has been targeted as one of 34 cities in nine Metropolitan areas in the U.S. where Google is exploring bringing its ultra high-speed fiber network.

Other cities on Google's list include: Atlanta; San Jose, California; Phoenix; Portland, Oregon; and Salt Lake City.

In a post to its blog mid-day Wednesday, Google said it would ask the cities to fill out a checklist of items "to explore what it would take" to string a fiber optic network in those communities.

The company promises that people will be able to use its Google Fiber service to surf the Internet at 100 times the speeds of existing broadband services.

"We continue to believe that the Internet's next chapter will be built on gigabit speeds," wrote Milo Medin, Google's vice president of access services. "We're aiming to provide updates by the end of the year about which cities will be getting Google Fiber."

The blueprint unveiled Wednesday is tentative because Google Inc. needs to work out logistics with government leaders in the communities where it hopes to build the networks needed to deliver its service.

"We are pleased that Nashville is on a short list of cities that Google will be evaluating for its ultra-high speed Google Fiber broadband network," Mayor Dean said in a statement on Wednesday. "Nashville is a fast-growing, vibrant city, and this announcement speaks to our momentum as a city of the future. Google is still in the early stages of looking at our city's infrastructure, and we look forward to working with the company as they explore the possibility of bringing Google Fiber to Nashville."

The company said local geography, existing infrastructure and housing density will play into its expansion decisions.

"(Cities will) provide us with maps of existing conduit, water, gas and electricity lines so that we can plan where to place fiber," Medin wrote. "They will also help us find ways to access existing infrastructure — like utility poles." 

While it may not work out for every city, Google said cities who go through the process will be more prepared for it or any provider who wants to build a fiber network.

Google Fiber currently is available in three cities: Kansas City, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo. and Provo, Utah. It's coming to Austin, Texas this year.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)