Google first started Google Fiber in Kansas City before expanding it into Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah. Last year, Google said it was considering and additional nine metro areas including Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte. The seven other cities were Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; San Antonio, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Jose, California; and Portland, Oregon.
San Jose was apparently ruled out last month when Google said it was still undecided if it wanted to expand in the Silicon Valley.
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Google's choice of North Carolina is being announced after a report on WRAL's TechWire, which reported the tech titan was having events in both Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte, N.C. this week and is expected to start Google Fiber construction in April, according to unnamed sources. Neither Google nor the cities involved had comments for the press about the report. One Raleigh city official said she could not comment because of a non-disclosure agreement.
It's disappointing that Google didn't choose its home turf to create high-speed Internet and instead chose one of Silicon Valley's rivals.