Google Fiber service grows
SAN FRANCISCO — Google wants to offer ultra-fast Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in the company’s boldest challenge to cable and telecommunications providers.
The ambitious expansion of “Google Fiber” announced Wednesday targets major U.S. cities including Atlanta; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; San Antonio and parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.
The service derives its name from fiber-optic cables. The sleeker technology allows Google Fiber customers to surf the Internet at one gigabit per second, up to 100 times faster than existing broadband services. Google boasts that Fiber can download a movie in less than two minutes.
Google is hoping the competition will prod Internet service providers such as Comcast, Verizon Communications and AT&T Inc. to upgrade their networks so they can run at faster speeds.