Google Exploring Fiber for Oklahoma City, Jacksonville and Tampa

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Google Fiber announced that it has invited three more cities‚ Oklahoma City, Okla., Jacksonville, Fla., and Tampa, Fla., to explore bringing Google Fiber to their communities.

"These growing tech-hubs have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to small business growth, said Jill Szuchmacher, director, Google Fiber Expansion, in her blog post. "Their list of accolades is long—from Jacksonville’s title as a top 10 city for tech jobs, to Tampa Bay’s #2 spot on the list of best cities for young entrepreneurs, to Oklahoma City’s recognition as the #1 city to launch a business. One of our goals is to make sure speed isn't an accidental ceiling for how people and businesses use the Web, and these cities are the perfect places to show what’s possible with gigabit Internet.

Szuchmacher explained that the joint planning process is now underway, "when we work side-by-side with local leaders to create detailed studies of each metro area. Constructing a brand-new fiber network is a big job—the more we learn about a city, the smoother our construction efforts will be. We’ll study factors that may impact construction, like local infrastructure and housing density. City leaders will use our checklist to share key information such as maps of water and electricity lines. Early preparations not only help with our decision-making process—they help cities lay the groundwork for any service provider to enter the market."

At the end of this process, Google will decide if they can bring Google Fiber to these areas. Residents in these cities can stay receive updates by going to and entering their email address to receive the latest news.


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