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Google is making plans to roll out its Gigabit Internet services to another host of cities, but it won't consider any destinations that make it too difficult to install the fiber optic networks.  Google Fiber's VP of Access Services, Milo Medin, said at a Washington DC conference: "If you make it easy, we will come. If you make it hard, enjoy your Time Warner Cable."  Cities across the United States are ramping up Internet speeds by connecting residents to fiber networks with speeds up to 100 times the speed of a typical broadband connection.  This trend started when Google held a competition to award one U.S. city the opportunity to become a ‘gigabit city’ by installing this high-speed fiber connection.  Kansas City won the competition, and Google has since installed these networks in Austin, Texas, as well as Provo, Utah.

On top of Google Fiber’s “No Fly” list are cities that make it tough to secure permits.  Medin and his team will not touch a location with an outdated and demanding permitting process.  Other factors that typically turn Google off of a location are a city’s preference for the fax machine over e-mail and a local authority’s inability to provide accurate information about a town’s infrastructure.  This information is critical for Google to be able to plan their fiber network placement.  It has also been common for landlords of multi-unit buildings to not allow Google to install the fiber networks.  

Cities who fall under any of these categories may want to consider changing their ways.  There is a new wave of blazing fast Internet speeds coming, and it would be a shame to miss out on that because of outdated practices or unnecessary roadblocks.

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