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Feb 25

San José may be next for Google Fiber

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Communications Office

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, Google announced San José is among the 34 cities in nine metro areas that Google is considering for its fiber-optic network expansion. According to Google, Google Fiber provides "Internet that’s up to 100 times faster than basic broadband."
 
Right now, San José is in the data gathering phase and working with Google on a checklist that can help make our city ready for fiber expansion.

Projects are underway in Austin, Texas; Kansas City; and Provo, Utah.

For more information about Google Fiber, visit https://fiber.google.com/newcities/.

Comments

Steve Buchholz
February 26, 2014 at 9:40 AM
OK, I read a similar note in the Murky News ... It would be good if we could come to this site to learn what the city is doing to boost our chances of being selected, and whether or not there was anything the citizens of San Jose can do to help. The citizens of San Jose would benefit significantly from the increased competition google fiber represents. From what I understand google is charging in other cities, I would drop my current internet/phone/"cable" in a heartbeat ...
Communications Office
February 26, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Thanks for the feedback. We are working with Google in completing a fiber-ready checklist and will provide updates when more information is available. Be sure to visit https://fiber.google.com/newcities/ which has more details about the process including helpful FAQs.
Tim Santa Teresa
March 19, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Looking forward to bring google fiber to Santa Teresa, we're home to Kaiser Hospital, IBM Almaden Valley, Carington College and the new Village Oaks Residential area. Do you know if Chuck Reed has budgeted Google Fiber in to 2014's budget yet? I also recently got building permits in san jose it did take almost 1 month to get inspections approved.
Communications Office
March 19, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Tim, thank you for your comments. Here's what we know at this time: Google will be selecting the next cities for fiber installation by the end of 2014. The costs of the installation are borne by Google. The City is exploring with Google how they will approach covering the costs of permitting and inspection as any other developer or utility would have to pay. There's nothing in the budget at this time because there is nothing definite to work with in terms of schedule, scale, or need. Thanks again for your interest.
Christopher Tremblay
October 11, 2015 at 12:45 AM
In many other cities, the network only spans a small area of the city and that's rather frustrating as an equal-paying resident of the city. Is San Jose planning to enable every resident of San Jose with this if approved? If not, wouldn't it make sense to consider making the customers cover the cost of "the last mile". I would personally be perfectly happy paying an up-front sum if that could guarantee that I would get access to such a network. However I would be pretty mad to know that I can't get access to it in any form or way.

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