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Google Fiber announces another major expansion

Updated 4 years ago
Google Fiber Expansion Tampa Bay Jacksonville Oklahoma City

The Google Fiber train is rolling in to three new cities. Google announced this week that Oklahoma City, Jacksonville and Tampa will be the next three cities that Google has invited “to explore bringing Google Fiber to their communities.” For all intents and purposes, this means these three cities are likely getting Google Fiber, presuming they play ball with Google by providing the proper access to infrastructure.

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“These growing tech-hubs have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to small business growth,” Google writes of the three latest cities it’s chosen. “Their list of accolades is long — from Jacksonville’s title as a top 10 city for tech jobs, to Tampa Bay’s #2 spot on the list of best cities for young entrepreneurs, to Oklahoma City’s recognition as the #1 city to launch a business. One of our goals is to make sure speed isn’t an accidental ceiling for how people and businesses use the Web, and these cities are the perfect places to show what’s possible with gigabit Internet.”

This has been a very busy year for Google Fiber expansions. Back in January, the company announced it was bringing Fiber to Atlanta, Nashville, and two cities in North Carolina, Charlotte and Raleigh. And just last month Google announced it was inviting Irvine, CA, Louisville, and San Diego to start the process of bringing Google Fiber to their cities.

Here’s a full map of Google Fiber cities — the blue markers indicate cities that have Fiber up and running, the purple markers are for cities that are definitely getting Google Fiber in the near future and the gray markers are cities that Google has announced as likely locations for expansion.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.