Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) is progressing with its FTTH build in Charlotte, North Carolina as the service provider has been granted 82 permits for aerial and underground network facilities.
Linda Durrett, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Transportation, confirmed the issuing of the permits to the Charlotte Business Journal.
The majority of the construction Google Fiber has been conducting is being done in the northeastern side of Charlotte but also includes a small pocket on Fairview Road near Providence Road.
According to a map obtained by the Charlotte Business Journal, Google Fiber has gained permits for south of Charlotte. Meanwhile, the service provider is still waiting to get permits around uptown approved.
Typical of their buildout strategy, Google Fiber did not respond to a request for comment about its plans in Charlotte.
However, the service provider added an interactive feature on a web page that tracks Fiber's progress in Charlotte that enables residents to see if their condominium or apartment complex is on its targeted buildout list.
When Google Fiber does complete its network build it will face a strong competitor in AT&T (NYSE: T), which already provides 1 Gbps service in Charlotte.
AT&T's (NYSE: T) recently said that its 1 Gbps service now reaches 15 communities across five major metros in North Carolina with a focus on multi-dwelling unit (MDU) locations like condos and apartments. The service provider now offers 1 Gbps at nearly 20,000 apartments at over 80 apartment complexes.
AT&T has focused on delivering services to some of North Carolina's fastest growing apartment communities including many in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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