Google Fiber Expands Network to Las Vegas

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Google Fiber (GFiber) is expanding its Nevada network to include the City of Las Vegas, following its initial foray into the state earlier this year. In February, Clark County approved a franchise agreement, facilitating GFiber’s network deployment in the region.

Encouraged by this progress, GFiber is now negotiating a similar agreement with the city of Las Vegas. “The Las Vegas City Council is currently considering an agreement that will enable us to bring fast, reliable internet to Las Vegas residents,” said Ashley Church, general manager of GFiber’s west region. The council is scheduled to vote on the agreement on June 5.

Upon approval, GFiber plans to begin the permitting process and aims to start construction in early 2024, with the first customers expected to be connected in 2025.

GFiber has not disclosed specific deployment areas yet. If the network covers both Clark County and Las Vegas fully, it could potentially reach over 3 million people. According to the US Census Bureau, Clark County’s population was 2.34 million as of last July, with the City of Las Vegas housing nearly 661,000 residents.

“Las Vegas has been one of the fastest growing cities in the country over the past decade, attracting new residents and businesses daily,” Church noted. “GFiber is excited to connect this vibrant community to high-speed internet with symmetrical speeds up to 8 gigabits.”

Traditionally, GFiber targets underserved areas, making its choice of Las Vegas notable. Major ISPs like AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have yet to introduce fiber services in the city, and Comcast is absent. Cox and CenturyLink offer partial coverage, leaving significant market potential for GFiber.

This expansion is part of GFiber’s broader plan announced in August 2022, which includes five states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, and Nevada. GFiber has launched projects in 11 locations across these states, adding to its presence in 26 cities, including major hubs like Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Miami, and San Francisco.

GFiber’s services start at $70 per month for 1-Gbps broadband, reflecting its growing influence in the US fiber market due to its expanding reach and high-performance network.

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