Map of Google's fiber plans. (credit: Google)

Chicago and Los Angeles are in the running for Google Fiber deployments, with officials in both cities talking to Google about whether network construction is feasible.

"Home to a combined 6+ million people, Chicago and LA are the two largest metros we’ve engaged with to date," Google said in an announcement today.

Google Fiber is available in just three metro areas: Kansas City in Missouri and Kansas; Austin, Texas; and Provo, Utah. With the addition of Chicago and LA to the list of potential fiber cities, there are now 17 metro areas that have a good chance of getting Google's $70-per-month gigabit Internet service.

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