For now, only areas with existing fiber optic cables will be able to receive the upgrade because the internet giant is trying to avoid the time-consuming process of laying out cable network. “By using existing fiber to connect some apartments and condos, as we’ve done before, we can bring service to residents more quickly,” said Google Fiber director of business operations Michael Slinger.
San Francisco joins seven other cities, including Salt Lake City and San Antonio, waiting to receive Google Fiber. Locales that currently enjoy the service include Kansas City; Austin, Texas; Provo, Utah and Atlanta, Georgia.
The company seeks to boost internet access to 1 gigabit per second, which is 80 times faster than the average internet connection in the US, currently measured at 12.6 megabits per second. This is significantly lower than in other developed countries, such as South Korea which has an average connection speed of 20.5 megabits per second.