The Big G continues to expand its coverage for ultra-fast Internet connection. Fiber is now poised to arrive at another city in the so-called Silicon Slopes of Utah–Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City finally makes the cut
If you live in Utah, you no longer need to go to Provo to get a taste of Google?s unbelievably fast Internet service. The search giant has revealed that it is finally bringing its gigabit Internet access to the state?s capital city.
Google announced the city’s inclusion through a blog post they published last week. Salt Lake City joins a handful of other metropolitan areas where the company is expected to lay down the groundwork to make Google Fiber possible. Nashville (Tennessee), Atlanta (Georgia), and both Raleigh-Durham area & Charlotte in North Carolina are slated to get Fiber soon.
How fast is Google Fiber?
At 1,000 megabits per second, or one gigabit per second, Google Fiber is significantly faster than the average Internet speed. In the United States, popular broadband testing site Ookla shares that the average broadband speed in the country is 34 mbps (megabits per second). To put that into perspective, CNN Money describes that you can download a full-length movie in 38 seconds or an entire music album in less than six seconds at that speed.
List of Google Fiber-supported cities
It?s a little ironic that in order to deliver a blazingly fast connection, Google is utilizing a slow process for laying down the cables for Fiber. The company explains that: ?Every mile of this super-fast network has to be planned ? we can?t just put it anywhere. We use the data shared with us to create a map of where we can build (based on existing utility poles and water, gas, and electricity lines).?
If you?re on the lookout on which cities Google is planning to lay its ultra-fast Internet next (or where it actually running now), check out the list below.
Current Fiber Cities
- Austin, Texas
- Provo, Utah
- Kansas City, Missouri
Upcoming Fiber Cities
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Potential Fiber Cities
- Portland, Oregon
- San Jose, California
- Phoenix, Arizona
- San Antonio, Texas
Photo Credit: ?Google Fiber Blog