Portland on Google high-speed internet short list

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales at a news conference announcing that Portland has been chosen by Google to examine whether the city is a potential landing spot for Google Fiber, its ultra-fast broadband network. Portland was one of nine metro areas chosen for consideration. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (KOIN 6 News/Gabe Austin)
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales at a news conference announcing that Portland has been chosen by Google to examine whether the city is a potential landing spot for Google Fiber, its ultra-fast broadband network. Portland was one of nine metro areas chosen for consideration. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (KOIN 6 News/Gabe Austin)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Google announced Wednesday that it has chosen Portland as one of nine metro areas in the U.S. where it will study the possibility of introducing its ultra-fast Google Fiber broadband service.

Google Fiber runs on speeds that the company claims are 100 times faster than regular broadband service. It advertises itself as being built on “gigabit speeds.”

In the coming months, Google will meet with city leaders in Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tigard and Hillsboro to examine whether the region’s infrastructure is capable of handling such a large scale fiber-optic network.

“There is no question that the Internet has literally rewired how we work and live, and it still has so much potential to improve our lives,” Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said Wednesday in a statement. “Abundant, high-speed broadband access will make our community stronger and will lay the foundations of economic development for our future.”

Google Fiber is currently available in Kansas City and Provo. It will available in Austin later this year. The other metro areas on the short list are San Jose, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham.

“We look forward to working with Portland in the coming months to see if we can build the next chapter of the Internet together, on gigabit speeds,” Google Fiber General Manager Kevin Lo said.

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