PORTLAND – Portland and 5 other area cities have been named by Google as places that may get access to the company’s ultra-high speed Google Fiber broadband network.
Portland, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Hillsboro, Beaverton and Gresham are among 34 other cities nationwide that made the “short list” announced by Google on Wednesday.
Mayor Charlie Hales made the official announcement at a press conference on Wednesday, along with community leaders and Google Fiber team members.
“This is going to be a great benefit to the citizens of this region,” Hales said. “It’s a great equalizer and gives people access to information and to the economy in ways they don’t enjoy completely today.”
Google Fiber provides Internet and TV service on ultra-high speed fiber-optic cables, allowing Internet connectivity that is up to 100 times faster than the basic broadband.
Officials with Google say the company will work with city leaders, exploring what it will take to build a network capable of delivering the gigabit speeds. Cities will submit details to Google by May 1, with the company providing an update on which cities will get Google Fiber by the end of this year.
Right now, Google Fiber is available in Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri and Provo Utah, and coming soon to Austin, Texas.