City officials have created a plan to bring Google Fiber to the city of Charlotte. The cables are in place over thousands of miles, but now the city just requires the approval of Google Fiber to proceed. The original plan was completed and submitted on May 1st. Since then, teams from Google Fiber have been out to the city of Charlotte on a regular basis. One group from Google met with city planners in June to negotiate permits and the approval process. Others have been doing surveys of where trenches might need to be dug and counting utility poles.
The current plan that the city has developed is to have the fiber cables strung through the city and meet up at each of the 28 junction “huts”. These huts would be able to theoretically provide service to about 20,000 homes, assuming they’re all wired for fiber optics already. $2,000 for each site would be paid by Google, and the internet service provided to customers is expected to be 1 gigabit per second. For comparison, current broadband providers are offering speeds of about 10 to 20 megabits per second.
Although it’s a large undertaking, Google seems up to the task. They’re also currently evaluating 33 other cities around the nation: Portland, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Nashville, Atlanta, and Raleigh-Durham.