Google Fiber has delivered ultrafast gigabit Internet service to a couple of United States cities thus far—but sadly, it doesn’t sound like the company is ready to expand internationally quite yet.
After a Telegraph report stating that Google had begun discussions with CityFibre about bringing the service to the UK, a Google representative dismissed any notion of reading too deeply into it via a statement to Engadget.
“We have informal conversations with other telecom companies all the time,” reads the statement. “But we've never had any serious planning discussions about bringing Google Fiber to Britain.”
Brutal news, that, but it’s encouraging to hear that the idea has at least crossed some minds over at Google. Fiber provides service of up to 1 gigabit-per-second of both download and upload speed—an improvement of nearly 100x over standard, traditional broadband service.
Google even offers free 5 megabit-per-second service to those in the community that don’t want to pay for the super-speedy option (if they foot a one-time activation fee). Bundles with TV service are also available in addition to premium Internet access.
Unfortunately, expansion has been slow thus far—in part due to traditional telecoms sicking their lobbyists on politicians to pursue legislative restrictions against such advancements. Service is currently available in two cities, with another on the horizon and several more targeted. Today’s reports unfortunately don’t make it any clearer on when the UK might join that list.