Google Fiber may bring high-speed Internet service to Chicago

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CHICAGO – Google Fiber may bring its high-speed, 1000 Mbps Internet service to Chicago.

The company said Tuesday it is “exploring bringing Fiber to Chicago.” In a post on Facebook, Google Fiber says it wants to bring its super-fast service to the city despite challenges it may face in terms of infrastructure and utility paths.

“It will take time to make sure we can build this network,” the company wrote.

Google has set up a link where Chicagoans can check their address to see if and when the service will come to them. People can go to google.com/fiber and enter their email addresses to receive updates.

A spokesman of the company has responded to comments on Facebook saying its dive into Chicago will not halt progress in cities it’s already in, such as Austin, Texas and Kansas City, Mo. Google Fiber is also live in Provo, Utah.

Along with Chicago, Google says it is also considering moving Fiber into Los Angeles.

Jill Szuchmacher, director of Google Fiber expansion, wrote in a blog post:

Home to a combined 6+ million people, Chicago and L.A. are the two largest metros we’ve engaged with to date. And with the help of gigabit Internet, Chicago and L.A. can boost their creative cultures with Internet speed to match their size.

Szuchmacher also wrote that the company will work with city leaders to collect detailed information about each metro area.

According to engagdet.com, along with already being live in three cities, Google Fiber is “for certain” headed to six more, including Salt Lake City and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.