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Google explores ultra-fast Fiber service for dozens of cities across US

Published on Feb 20, 2014 6:00 AM
A sign is posted on the exterior of Google headquarters on Jan 30, 2014 in Mountain View, California. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Google Inc is exploring a major expansion of super-fast cable TV and Internet web to deliver its content and services by extending its nascent Fiber network to 34 more cities across the United States (US).

The search giant said in a blogpost on Wednesday it has reached out to cities from nine metropolitan areas around the country, including San Jose, Atlanta and Nashville, to discuss the feasibility of building out Fiber, which Google says delivers the Internet at speeds up to 100 times faster than average existing networks.

Google currently provides Fiber service, at a rate of up to US$120 (S$151) a month, in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Last year, it also announced plans to expand in Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas.

As Google delivers more music, videos and other content to mobile devices, it has become increasingly invested in ensuring it gets the bandwidth it needs.

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