Last week, search-engine giant Google delivered bad news to the dozens of cities that are currently awaiting the company's launch of Google Fiber, their gigabit Internet service that will offer a super-fast Internet connection, with speeds 100 times faster than the connections used in the average American home.
For several months, Google has insisted that it would be making a decision this year regarding a time-table for the nine areas waiting to be hooked up to Google Fiber internet. Instead, Google's recent announcement makes it clear that their decision will be made some time after the new year.
"This year gigabit Internet has moved from idea to reality, as mayors and city leaders across America have stepped up and made high-speed broadband access a priority for their community," a spokesperson for Google said. "While we were hoping to have an update for cities before the holidays, we have a bit more work to wrap up," the spokesperson added. "We'll be back in touch sometime early next year."
The following nine metro areas where the Google Fiber rollout has been delayed are Phoenix, Atlanta, San Jose, Charlotte, Durham, Raleigh, Portland, Salt Lake City, and San Antonio. Together, these nine metro areas include 33 cities. Google Fiber has been made available in just three locations, including Austin, Kansas City and Provo, Utah so far.
According to an article in the Triangle Business Journal, during the initial launch in these cities, Google learned that it must be more methodical when it comes to implementing Google Fiber in other cities, and that it must take steps to make sure that officials in each city are fully aware of what Google Fiber will bring to their location earlier in the process. Jill Szuchmacher, Google Fiber business development director, compared collaberating with certain cities to "getting married without having ever dated," displaying the need for up-front communication between Google and city officials. Google will be examining the broadband infrastructure Google Fiber will utilize in each metro area, so there would be no need to excavate streets if the required infrastructure is already available, Szuchmacher added.