We all need more fiber in our diets and it looks like it will soon be easier to stomach. It’s been nearly five years since Google offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment. Now, Google Fiber is live in Kansas City, Provo and Austin, and it’s easy to see how gigabit Internet, with speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s basic broadband, can transform cities. It can give them new platforms for economic development and new ways of using technology to improve life for their citizens. And, around the country, it seems to be catching on. Google recently announced that Google Fiber is coming to 18 cities across four new metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham. I can’t wait to see what people and businesses across the Southeast U.S. do with gigabit speeds.

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