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Charlotte, NC thinks it has won the Google Fiber lottery

Meanwhile, San Francisco stares at loading screens

By Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2015

Officials in Charlotte, North Carolina believe they will be the next to enjoy Google Fiber.

Multiple reports from local media show that city officials plan to meet with the Chocolate Factory later this week on what is expected to be an announcement that the Google broadband service is coming to Charlotte.

The company has yet to give any comment on the reported event, but local government officials have been quoted as saying they expect to be told that the city will be the next to receive high-speed broadband via Google Fiber.

Currently, Google only operates the Fiber service in Kansas City, Mo, Provo, UT and Austin, TX as US hosts to the Google broadband platform.

Charlotte and nearby Raleigh-Durham had previously been shortlisted as possible destinations for the Google Fiber platform. Coincidentally back in July, competing AT&T said that it would be installing its GigaPower fiber service in the area.

Google has said that it plans to expand the availability of the Fiber service, listing a number of cities it hopes to add to the ranks of Kansas City, Provo and Austin.

Charlotte itself has a population of 792,800, while the larger metro area is said to have around 2.4 million. The Raleigh-Durham area houses three prominent universities in the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and Duke University.

The rollout would mean yet another city is being granted Google Fiber service ahead of the Chocolate Factory's own back yard of San Francisco and the Bay Area. The area that is home to Apple, Facebook, Intel, and Twitter is decidedly middle-of-the-pack when it comes to internet speeds. ®

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