Nikki Ripley, City of Tempe, 480-350-8846
Tempe, Arizona – Tempe is among a short list of U.S. cities working with Google to explore the possibility of building the ultra high-speed Google Fiber broadband network.
Mayor Mark Mitchell made the announcement today alongside Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix, Mayor Jim Lane of Scottsdale and Google officials.
Improving broadband speed and choice for local residents has been a priority for many cities for years – Tempe was among the Valley cities that applied for Google Fiber when it was first introduced in 2010. Today’s average American broadband speed is 9.8 Megabits per second. Google Fiber could bring residents access to “Gigabit” Internet connections up to 1,000 Megabits per second, or up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.
“The City of Tempe is excited to be exploring a partnership with Google Fiber,” Mitchell said. “As an innovator of technology solutions, Google would be a perfect match for Tempe, a city with a longstanding reputation as a haven for cutting-edge companies. We are always looking to build a stronger community and faster connectivity could improve our residents’ quality of life and attract large-scale economic development.”
Google Fiber representatives have said that leaping into the future of Internet speeds will lead to innovation that’s unimaginable today, just as the shift from dial-up to broadband did.
“Communities with abundant high-speed Internet grow stronger because there’s greater potential to create jobs, drive economic growth, and help students and families get access to essential resources” said Kevin Lo, General Manager for Google Fiber.
Starting this week, Google will work with the cities on a joint planning process to explore what it would take to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering gigabit speeds. Google will begin compiling a detailed study of local factors that might affect construction plans.
Google will provide an update on which cities will get Google Fiber by the end of this year. Google Fiber is an Internet and TV service that, so far, is available in a select few cities. For more details on the announcement, visit http://www.google.com/fiber/newcities.