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Tigard is on track for Google Fiber, company says

The city of Tigard is one step closer to striking a deal with Google Fiber.

Google employees met with mayors and city officials this week to discuss a series of steps that need to be accomplished before the company can begin work installing its fiber-optic network.

The company announced earlier this year that Tigard — along with Portland, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Hillsboro and Gresham — were on a short list of cities being considered for Google Fiber, a cable and Internet service about 100 times faster than traditional broadband. by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Google Fiber announced on Thursday that Tigard had submitted the necessary documents to begin planning for the ultra-high speed Internet and cable service. If all goes as planned, the city could see Google Fiber services as early as 2015.

In an email to supporters on Thursday, Google announced that Tigard had completed the first step to bring the ultra-high-speed service to the city.

“We’ve been impressed by how enthusiastic the city of Tigard has been as we’ve worked with them over the past few months,” Google said in an email to supporters.

It’s not a done deal, but the city and Google will begin work on what the fiber network would look like in the city.

Cities were asked to provide information about — and access to — existing infrastructure, such as utility poles, conduits and water, gas and electrical lines, which could carry fiber cables.

Installing the fiber-optic network would require easements, agreements with the city and utility companies and plenty of permits. Google said it could have the system up and running as early as next year.

“This is just the beginning of many conversations with the 34 cities,” Google leaders said, “and it’s already clear that taking the time to get to know each other and talk about these topics now will help them feel prepared for a big construction project, and will help us bring fiber to more people faster.”

Google said it would use the data submitted by the cities to determine costs and other factors, and would announce which cities would be receiving Google Fiber by the end of the year.

The city of Portland has already reached a tentative franchise agreement with Google, outlining the ground rules for how the Internet giant would operate in the city, though Google has not said for certain that it will move into Portland.

Google has yet to start negotiations with Tigard.

Salt Lake City, Raleigh, San Antonio, San Jose, Nashville, Phoenix, Charlotte and Atlanta are also working to bring Google Fiber to their cities.



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