Is Google Fiber coming to your city?

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Google recently announced that they will be adding Google Fiber high speed network and TV to my area. This was great news, because it will give us more choices ... and a little competition among providers tends to make them all 'try harder' to please the customer. :-)

I was curious what other areas have Google Fiber, and did a few web searches and came up with a couple of maps. But neither of them allowed me to quickly/intuitively 'see' what I was wanting to see.

Here's the map from the Washington Post:

google_fiber_washingtonpost

And here's the map from Google itself:

google_fiber_googlemap

All I can really tell by glancing at those maps is the city locations. I have to study them intently, and read the color legend, and match up the (non-intuitive) markers to the color legend, to determine which are current/planned/potential Google Fiber cities.

So, of course, I set out to try to create a better map with SAS ... In my map, I wanted to make it easy to identify the cities that currently have Google Fiber, therefore I made their marker the brightest, and also added a check-mark in it. I made the 'planned' cities slightly lighter, with no check-mark. And the potential cities are just a light gray. Also, if you click the snapshot below and view the interactive version of my map, it has html hover-text and you can click on the markers to launch a Google search for more information about Google Fiber in that city.

google_fiber_cities

 

What do you think of my new version of the map? What other changes & enhancements would you recommend?

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Robert Allison

The Graph Guy!

Robert has worked at SAS for over 25 years, and is perhaps the foremost expert in creating custom graphs using SAS/GRAPH. His educational background is in Computer Science, and he holds a BS, MS, and PhD from NC State University. He is the author of several conference papers, has won a few graphic competitions, and has written a book (SAS/GRAPH: Beyond the Basics).

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    • Robert Allison
      Robert Allison on

      That could be a nice addition to the map, Per! But, of course, the "devil is in the details" ... it might be a bit difficult to get an exact population number, because it's not necessarily just the population of the one city, but also might include several surrounding cities (more like a metropolitan statistical area). For example, "Raleigh-Durham" also includes Cary, Morrisville, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Garner. And "Kansas City" includes 16 surrounding cities.

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