Alphabet’s newly independent fiber business is soon going to be on a high. It is making its biggest bet on spreading connectivity across the US. On Tuesday, its GOOG, Google Fiber, is planning to come to Los Angeles and Chicago which are the second largest cities by population.
In a blog Jill Szuchmacher, director of Google Fiber’s expansion efforts, wrote, ‘While we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to bring Fiber to Chicago and L.A., this is a big step for these cities and their leaders. Expansion planning for a project of this size is a huge undertaking.’
Already the company is providing service in 20 cities now, building its network or considering building, including Atlanta and Austin. About 5% of the total U.S. population which include six of the 10 largest U.S. cities by population is contained within 20 meter areas. Since Google re-organized itself into the Alphabet holding company earlier this year, its expansion plans have become a lot more aggressive. The goal is to give newer businesses more freedom to invest while making them more accountable for their financial performance.
Blair Levin, leading broadband internet initiatives at the Federal Communications Commission, addressed Google Fiber’s spreading in big cities as a sign of aggression. He believes that it has stand on it own rather than having a support system form Alphabet. From that it needs to expand in big cities with faster internet service.