MOUNTAIN VIEW (KCBS) — Google’s parent firm Alphabet is looking to expand its high-speed fiber optic Internet service to three more cities: Jacksonville, Tampa and Oklahoma City.

The company reported on its Google Fiber blog that those cities are in consideration because they are growing tech hubs with strong entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to small business.

Google Fiber is currently available in Austin, Provo and Kansas City, Mo., giving users in those cities Internet speeds 100 times faster than standard broadband service in the U.S.

But faster speed doesn’t mean the service is foolproof, as Google Fiber suffered a five-minute outage during the first inning of the World Series Game 1 Tuesday night, with Google Fiber blaming that on a security process that failed.

The outage was separate from the Fox Sports glitch during the 4th inning of the same game.

Earlier this year, Google Fiber announced it would expand to Nashville, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, and Atlanta.

Future expansion could include the South Bay cities of San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, and Alphabet’s headquarters in Mountain View.



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