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Mapping Google Fiberhoods

Currently, Google Fiber is being implemented in designated fiberhoods of Kansas City, MO and Provo, UT. Learn more about Google Fiber.

We used predictive modeling to map the expected areas (fiberhoods) to receive Google Fiber in three metro areas:

  1. Charlotte, NC
  2. Nashville, TN
  3. Portland, OR

Data such as infrastructure, existing cable and internet use, demographics, and multiple dwelling units were used in our modelling. The fiberhood boundaries will continue to be refined as the model is improved with additional data.

 

Charlotte, NC Fiberhoods

Nashville, TN Fiberhoods

Portland, OR Fiberhoods

19 Comments

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    • fabriziodeandre 14 weeks ago Reply

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  • CK2020 14 weeks ago Reply

    I am curious about how far off the boarders you are willing to go. The line stops on the same road not to far from my home.

    • Chris 14 weeks ago Reply

      The boundaries are ever changing in the next two weeks. We are not Google :) so are only mapping the fiberhoods as best we can predict them, based on our model, which is developed using Google’s methodology.

  • mrkorb 14 weeks ago Reply

    Perhaps on your next revision you’ll take into account the actual municipal boundaries of the communities of Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Lake Oswego and Tigard before excluding large chunks of them and coloring well outside the lines.

    • Chris 14 weeks ago Reply

      Our analysis is strictly based on utility infrastructure, calculated need, and other metrics. Implementation may be applied by municipality, but that is not what this map shows.

  • Chris 14 weeks ago Reply

    This work is not affiliated with Google or local government so you can breath easy and wait to hear what Google proposes. Am glad you found it interesting nonetheless.

  • John Astrello 13 weeks ago Reply

    I used to live in the Greater Charlotte area. I was interested in your predictive Charlotte map. It has the area of Rock Hill (SC) included. It will NOT have Google Fiber. It is an exempt area (rural) that has no competition. It has one, and only one service provider. Even Google cannot fix/address this problem.

    • Chris 13 weeks ago Reply

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The next iteration of the map series will hopefully fix/address such issues. Cheers

    • Chase Crews 4 weeks ago Reply

      I strongly disagree with this. Rock Hill and the area known as Baxter Village are both highly developed areas. This came about fairly recently so people who used to live in Charlotte may remember these areas as rural. They both have existing fiber networks that are plagued by a poor ISP and would benefit greatly from Google fiber. I hope you reconsider this area!

      • Patrick 5 days ago Reply

        Plagued by a poor ISP how?

        Is it the problem that they don’t have a bandwidth cap that they enforce? That they don’t do traffic prioritization? That they are basically the biggest provider in the Charlotte area that are both YouTube HD and Netflix HD certified?

        I don’t want to sound like an apologist for the company by any means but I think the ONLY provider that could possibly be better is Google Fiber and that’s saying a lot. I would take Comporium any day of the week over AT&T, Time Warner, or Comcast and I would not have said that five years ago.

    • Patrick 5 days ago Reply

      A rural exemption does not mean other companies can’t compete. It means that Comporium is not obligated to lease their infrastructure to them.

      There’s nothing stopping any other company from coming in to Comporium territory and laying down infrastructure of their own other than obtaining the franchise license from the local government and the massive costs of building out their own infrastructure.

      It has actually been the massive cost that has prohibited most companies from coming in. That’s because the ROI just isn’t there. But in areas where Comporium and AT&T and Time Warner meet, there has been consistent bleed through. TW and AT&T now offer services in many areas that had previously been “Comporium only” and they are constantly extending further in to the area

      However, Chris, if you’re taking in to account Comporium’s existing fiber infrastructure in Rock Hill and just assuming that Comporium will be happy to lease that infrastructure to Google, you should SERIOUSLY reconsider marking Rock Hill as a potential fiberhood. That’s not even taking in to account the political climate which would be VERY unlikely to approve new construction not undertaken by Comporium.

      But for those of you with Comporium fiber you should be rejoicing soon because you will have gigabit fiber available from Comporium by the end of the year.

  • Lindsey 12 weeks ago Reply

    I’m 25 miles from downtown Nashville and expected that Google Fiber would not be available to me if Nashville is chosen as an expansion city. According to your map, Google Fiber would be available in my area. Great news if true! Hope your predictions turn out to be right!

  • Scott 9 weeks ago Reply

    Another Nashville question – the Forest Hills area seems to be excluded just south of Nashville, below Green hills. Very affluent area, lots of homes. Is it because FH is it’s own governed area and won’t allow G Fiber to come in? (No self interest here. Seriously, none at all… ahem).

  • Mike M. 9 weeks ago Reply

    Of course… If the map for Nashville is correct, I’d literally be one block away from Google Fiber coverage.

    Typical.

    I’m so ready to ditch Comcrap, it’s not even funny anymore.

  • augie 8 weeks ago Reply

    SIn Nashville, East of I-65, South Of Town, It Makes No Sense Not To Include At Least Everything North Of 253 (Concord Road). Cane Ridge Is Shaded, And Has Very Few Homes. The Subdivisions Off Of Concord Are Not Shaded, Though The Residency Is Very Dense. Makes No Sense. (And Neither Do The Initial Caps On All MyW Words Which I Did Not Put There!)

    • augie 8 weeks ago Reply

      Meant “In Nashville”

  • Deedrick Robinson 4 weeks ago Reply

    No Fiber in the black areas of Charlotte. Why am I not surprised.

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