Today, Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle and Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey announced that Beaverton and Hillsboro are on the short list of cities working with Google to explore the possibility of bringing the ultra, high-speed Google Fiber broadband network to the two cities.
As Mayor Doyle and Mayor Willey explain, improving broadband speed and choice for Washington County residents has been a priority in both communities for years.
Today’s average American broadband speed is 9.8 Megabits per second. In contrast, Google Fiber could bring Washington County residents access to “Gigabit” Internet connections of up to 1,000 Megabits per second—or up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.
Among the benefits highlighted by Mayor Doyle and Mayor Willey:
- Abundant, high-speed broadband access will make each community stronger.
- Increased broadband speed will aid in economic development efforts for both cities.
- Residents will be set up for greater success in this closely connected world.
- Google’s interest in Beaverton, Hillsboro and the entire Portland metro area is recognition that our communities are fiber-ready and future-ready.
Google says it will not charge cities to bring Google Fiber to communities, but needs help in assessing the available utility poles, as well as locating water and sewer lines that could interfere with burying fiber-optic cables.
Google will soon begin working closely with both cities’ leaders, including Mayors Doyle and Willey, on a joint planning process to explore what it would take to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering these gigabit speeds throughout Beaverton and Hillsboro. Google will begin compiling a detailed study of local factors that might affect construction plans.
By City of Beaverton Staff
Google will provide an update on which cities will receive Google Fiber by the end of this year.
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