Google Fiber’s slow and steady expansion across the U.S. continues. The company announced today that 34 out of 34 cities working with the search giant in nine major regions all met the guidelines set out earlier this year. Each city received a 29-page checklist back in February and had until May 1 to complete the long list of requirements. However, Googles notes that there are still plenty of “loose ends” left to tie up.
One major component of the Google Fiber rollout that could still be an issue is the plan to construct large “fiber huts” used to direct Internet service to subscribers on city-owned land. Google says a number of local city councils still need to approve this deal. The company plans to work at both a city and state level to gain the permission necessary to build its local network. There’s also the issue of renting space on existing utility poles, which still needs to be worked out.
Google is relying on local governments to help slog through this long list of requirements, and the company says for the most part it’s received plenty of help from cities and neighborhoods eager for gigabit-level Internet speeds. AT&T recently announced its own 1Gbps service to rival Google Fiber, but for the most part larger Internet providers don’t seem very interested in upgrading their pre-existing networks. Hopefully we’ll get to see Google continue to expand its own service in the future.
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