Google Fiber has made inroads in several cities in the United States but now it’s exploring expanding into two of the country’s biggest: Los Angeles and Chicago. In separate announcements on Tuesday, Google revealed that it’s looking hard into whether it will bring its high-speed fiber network to both cities, although it hasn’t confirmed yet whether these cities are definitely getting Google Fiber yet.
“We’ve begun working with city leaders to explore the possibility of building a super fast network [in Chicago and Los Angeles],” Google tells residents of both cities. “This means understanding local requirements and challenges – from roads and infrastructure to permits and utility paths. This will take time.”
2015 has been a very busy year for Google Fiber expansion news. Earlier this fall, Google said that Oklahoma City, Jacksonville and Tampa would be the next three cities being invited “to explore bringing Google Fiber to their communities.” Just a month before, Google announced it was inviting Irvine, CA, Louisville, and San Diego to start the process of bringing Google Fiber to their cities. And back in January, the company announced it was bringing Fiber to Atlanta, Nashville, and two cities in North Carolina, Charlotte and Raleigh.
All the same, Los Angeles and Chicago are by far the biggest markets Google has yet targeted. Los Angeles has a population of 3.8 million with a metropolitan area of an estimated 18.5 million people, making it the second largest city in the U.S. in terms of population. Chicago, meanwhile, is America’s third biggest city in terms of population with an estimated 2.7 million people.