Portland is among nine metro areas nationwide being considered for participation in Google Fiber’s high-speed network.
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales made the announcement Wednesday morning.
Hales says he and city leaders will begin meetings with Google to discuss what it would take to plan and prepare for the project. Google will also begin compiling a detailed study.
Hales said in a news release that Portland is under consideration because of its “culture of creativity and coalition building.”
Gresham, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tigard and Hillsboro also made the list.
Hale's Press Release On Google Fiber
The project seeks to give communities around the country a new infrastructure of fiber optic networks to deliver high-speed broadband access.
Cities on the list:
- Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe
- San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto
- Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs, Smyrna
- Charlotte, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Morrisville, Raleigh
- Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Lake Oswego, Tigard
- San Antonio
- Salt Lake City
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