Google Fiber: 3 Valley cities picked for possible Google Fiber expansion

PHOENIX - Gov. Jan Brewer announced on Wednesday that three Valley cities have been chosen for a potential partnership in the Google Fiber expansion program.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, that means the potential for area residents having fiber-optic cable brought directly to their homes.

Google Fiber is a service that provides Internet connectivity that is up to 100 times faster than the basic broadband, along with hundreds of high-definition TV channels.

Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale were three of nine cities chosen by Google for the partnership that would deliver cable and Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than in most U.S. cities.

“It makes Arizona even more attractive to businesses looking to relocate or expand and position Metro Phoenix toward a thriving high-tech future. I welcome Google Fiber's announcement and look forward to a potential partnership with this stellar company," Brewer stated.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says making the internet available to everyone, gives people the tools they need to succeed.

“The old way of doing business is gone,” said Stanton. “We have to be flexible. We have to be open minded. We have to think how we provide our device differently so google is challenging us to think outside the box.”

The next step, each city will assemble a team of engineers and city leaders. If all goes well, construction will start in 2015.

No one will say how much the project costs.

Google Fiber was first introduced in 2010 and so far Kansas City is the only city operating with a fiber-optic network. The process is currently underway in Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah.

Google this week will begin working with the leaders of the three Valley cities on a joint planning process to look into what it would take to set up the system throughout the area.

 

 

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