Just when you might have started thinking it was a feint, Google Fiber is expanding again. Along with Kansas City, Provo, and Austin, the upstart FTTH project announced it will take on four more metro areas. And they’re some of the biggest markets in the southeastern USA.
Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham will be getting the fiberhood treatment, as Google’s assault on AT&T-land continues on five years after they first showed an interest in this business. That will more than double the number of markets, and I rather suspect the factor is bigger than that when one considers population coverage. These four MSAs are home to more than 12 million people, whereas the initial three had less than 5 million, so by that measure Google Fiber’s universe just more than tripled.
Given the geography chosen, it sure does look like they see AT&T markets as ripe for picking, lending credence to the results of last week’s poll about who should fear Google Fiber (though perhaps I should have had a category for AT&T alone).
Three markets could still be a proof of concept, but seven definitely isn’t. But given their potential move into wireless, their private dark fiber backbone, their multiple undersea cable projects, the many devices they actually build and sell now, the dominance of android, and off course all the apps from search on down – I guess that’s obvious enough now.
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