Real estate in the Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham metro areas just got a little more valuable. Those four regions are next in line for Google Fiber.
A total of 18 cities will be covered by the latest expansion of Google's wicked-fast gigabit service. Over the next few months, the firm plans to figure out exactly where to lay the "thousands of miles of fiber" required by the project. Construction is expected to begin after that, but it's unclear when the first residents will be able to plug in.
Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and San Jose remain on the radar for future expansion, but Google hasn't pulled the trigger yet. An update on those potential deployments is due later this year.
The expansion announcement hits as big cable providers oppose the FCC's plans to raise the minimum bar for broadband classification to 25Mbps, a fraction of the 1Gbps offered by Google Fiber. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association representing the industry argues that consumers simply don't need faster Internet. Google clearly disagrees.
The tech giant may not limit itself to wired connectivity, either. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google has partnered with Sprint and T-Mobile to sell wireless service.