Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) has filed business registration paperwork with Colorado's secretary of state, reports The Denver Post, a sign that it may be looking to shake up Colorado's broadband market dominated by CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA).
However, Colorado should not get its hopes up that the Internet giant is going to be bringing its service to the state anytime soon. The service provider said that it has no current plans to bring service to any of the state's cities.
"We don't have any current plans to expand to additional cities beyond our current potential Fiber cities. We love that people are excited about Fiber, but we have to start somewhere — we have a lot of work to do before we can talk about additional expansion plans," Lauren Barriere, a Google spokeswoman, said in an e-mail to The Denver Post.
Today, Google Fiber has launched 1 Gbps service in three cities: Austin, Texas; Provo, Utah; and Kansas City, Mo. The service provider is in the planning stage to build networks in Salt Lake City; Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta; and Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
One possibility is that the registration may mean that Google Fiber could locate some of its employees or equipment in Colorado, but according to The Denver Post report, the company has not provided any details about its plans.
Google Fiber has been very selective about where it has decided to build out service. It has been working with various communities to get access to more favorable local ordinances and a streamlined permitting process to get access to necessary city infrastructure, including access to existing rights-of-way and land to house its equipment huts to deliver services to consumers and businesses.
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