Portland to make push for ultra high speed Google Fiber
By Staff and AP reports
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV/AP) -
Google is planning to offer high-speed Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in an ambitious expansion aimed at providing formidable competition to cable and telecommunication providers.
Portland is one of the cities on Google's shortlist, and Mayor Charlie Hales said the Rose City would make a perfect fit.
"Our culture of creativity and coalition-building makes this the ideal spot for ultra-high-speed broadband," Hales said.
Hales and city leaders from Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego and Tigard plan to begin meetings with Google to discuss what it will take to plan and prepare the city for the large-scale fiber project.
Google will provide an update on which cities will get Google Fiber by the end of this year.
The company promises that people will be able to use its Google Fiber service to surf the Internet at 100 times the speeds of existing broadband services.
Google Fiber currently is available in three cities: Kansas City, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo. and Provo, Utah. It's coming to Austin, Texas this year.
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