Google Inc. is initiating talks with nine U.S. metropolitan areas about bringing its high-speed broadband Internet service to consumers, as the search provider steps up competition with cable and phone companies.
The potential regions include 34 cities, from Portland, Ore., and San Jose, Calif., on the West Coast to eastern U.S. cities Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., Google said Wednesday in a blog post. The company is working with city leaders to determine the best locations for the fiber lines and will provide updates about the areas it chooses by year-end. None of the cities are in Nebraska or Iowa.
Google is challenging companies such as Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. by providing Internet and television service and promoting network speeds that can be 100 times faster than current choices. Fiber projects are already underway in Kansas City, Kan., Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah.
“People are hungrier than ever for faster Internet, and as a result, cities across America are making speed a priority,” Google said.