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Portland City Council Approves Google Fiber's Franchise Agreement

OPB | June 12, 2014 12:51 p.m. | Updated: June 12, 2014 4:36 p.m. | Portland

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The Portland City Council has voted unanimously to approve Google Fiber’s franchise agreement with the city. The plan is to bring superfast Internet service to Portland.

Portland is set to have Google come in and introduce a high speed Internet service, but the city still has to pass the tech giant’s hurdles.  Those include evaluating local regulations, and determining if the project is technologically feasible.

Google intends to decide by the end of the year whether to proceed with plans in Portland and five suburbs, including Gresham, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and Hillsboro.

Dana Haynes is with the Portland Mayor’s Office. He says the metro area is the community Google is looking for.

And our advantage is Google goes around the nation and tries to figure out if cities are cool enough for Google Fiber. Fortunately, what we’re doing is we’re trying to prove that Google Fiber is cool enough for Portland,” Haynes said.

According to Haynes says leaders don’t know how much Google Fiber would cost Portland because how many neighborhoods would get it is unknown. 

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