Google Fiber skips Portland

Portland still under consideration, not 1 of 4 cities selected

Routers and switches allow Google's data centers to talk to each other. The fiber cables run along the yellow cable trays near the ceiling. (AP)
Routers and switches allow Google's data centers to talk to each other. The fiber cables run along the yellow cable trays near the ceiling. (AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (The Tribune) — Despite jumping through all the hoops required by Google, Portland is not one of the four cities to get the company’s high-speed broadband service next.

Google made the announcement on its blog Tuesday. The announcement posted by Google Fiber Vice President Dennis Kish said the company has picked Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham to receive its gigabit service.

But Kish said Portland is still under consideration to receive Google Fiber in the future, along with Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and San Jose. Kish said the company updates their status later this year.

Google first announced it was considering offering one gigabit service in Portland and cities last year. The company required the City Council to approve a potential franchise agreement and promise to expedite the installation of the fiber-optic network to select neighborhoods. The city complied with all of the company’s request by the deadline, but still failed to make the cut. That means surrounding cities such as Gresham, Beaverton and Hillsboro that had also competed for the service will not receive it right away, either.

To read the full announcement, go to http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/google-fiber-new-metro-areas.html.

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