Google announced plans this week to bring its high-speed fiber internet to three new cities. The company is currently exploring Oklahoma City, along with Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida as potential areas for expansion.
Google describes all three of these cities as “growing tech-hubs” with plenty of small businesses and a “strong entrepreneurial spirit.” Tampa was recently listed as the second best city for young entrepreneurs, while Oklahoma City was called the best city to launch a new business. Google Fiber could help small businesses quickly grow thanks to faster and cheaper internet speeds.
Of course, the gigabit network won’t go up over night. It’s a long and complicated process to set up the service in each new city. Google works with local leaders to study each area and plan out construction of its fiber network. It also asks local citizens to sign up ahead of time, so the company can decide which parts of the city to focus on. Nothing’s certain yet, though everything should work out as long as Google gets the support it needs.