Google Fiber fans eagerly awaiting news of the high-speed Internet service’s next major location may be in luck. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Google Fiber has filed a franchise application with the state of Tennessee, which signals that “the company is moving forward with plans for gigabit speed Internet in Nashville.”
“Google Fiber intends to begin to offer video service for purchase or provide new broadband Internet service,” Google wrote in its official filing.
Google announced earlier this year that it’s contemplating expanding Fiber to as many as nine new major metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, and San Jose. All nine of these metropolitan areas met their deadlines to submit paperwork to Google and have been anxiously awaiting to hear what their next steps should be.
Now with the official franchise filing in Tennessee, it seems that we know at least one area where Google will bring Fiber to a whole new batch of customers. We’re not sure if Google has filed franchise agreements with other states yet but we’ll definitely be on the lookout for more in the coming days.
So far, Google has committed to bringing Google Fiber to three markets in the United States: Kansas City, Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah. Any place where Google has announced its intentions to build Google Fiber has seen incumbent ISPs magically vow to increase their own networks’ speeds or boost their current users’ speed tiers. In fact, if you look at how AT&T and Time Warner Cable have been quickly trying to boost their offerings in Austin, you might even think that there’s some competition in the home broadband market in that city.