Google Fiber Announces It’s Coming to Idaho

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Alphabet Inc.’s Google unit said it would bring its Google Fiber high-speed product to Idaho. But the company did not say when, where or how.

Last week, Google released a new release noting that it would expand its high-speed internet program to five more states, including Idaho. But the release didn’t offer a timeline or details on where it might expand in the Gem State. (Other outlets reported that the service would expand to Boise, but Google only said Idaho in general.)

“We are talking with city leaders in the following states, with the goal of bringing Google Fiber’s fiber to the home service to their communities,” Dinni Jain, CEO of Google Fiber, wrote in the release. Beyond Idaho, Google said it’s looking at Colorado, Nebraska and Nevada. It announced last month that it would add service to Mesa, Arizona.

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Google began rolling out high-speed fiber-optic internet in 2010. At the time, the company’s commitment to rolling out gigabit home internet connections seemed revolutionary. Today, many providers offer service at a gig or faster service.

In 2016, the company said it would “pause” its efforts to expand fiber optic network rollout. It previously said it would expand to 34 cities, but so far has only spread to 14.

“As communities across the country look to expand gigabit internet access, I’m happy to say we’re ready to grow alongside them,” Jain wrote. “Our team has spent many months traveling across the country, having conversations with cities looking for the best way to deliver better internet to their residents and business owners as quickly as possible. »

The Boise metro area has seen an increase in the number of high-speed Internet service providers over the past few years. Previously, the only two popular options were Sparklight (formerly CableOne) and CenturyLink. But providers like Fiber TDS, CTC Internet and Lumen have started adding neighborhoods across Treasure Valley. Satellite provider Starlink has also begun testing its service in rural parts of the state.

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