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Portland, suburbs fail to make first Google Fiber cut

Tech giant says Portland area is still in the running for possible expansion.


Google Fiber announced this week that it would not be coming to the Portland area, despite more than a year of work by several local cities. The cities are still being considered for possible expansion in the future, Google said.Despite jumping through all the hoops required by Google, it looks like the Portland area will not be getting the company's high-speed broadband service anytime soon.

Google made an announcement on its blog on Tuesday, saying it would be coming to four cities across the country. 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 the Portland area 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 will make a final determination on those cities later this year.

The service offers Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second — about 100 times faster than traditional broadband — for about the same price Portland-area residents are paying to surf the web.

Google first announced it was considering expanding its service to Portland, Tigard, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Hillsboro and Gresham last year.

The cities have been working with Google for a year to determine if it’s possible to bring fiber-optic, high-speed Internet to their communities.

Google had hoped to make a decision about the Portland area by late last year, but pushed that decision saying it needed more time to decide.

The company required Portland 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.

Portland local Internet service providers have jumped to compete with Google. Earlier this year, Comcast increased its Internet speeds, CenturyLink started high-speed service in Portland, and Frontier announced it would offer gigabit connections as well, but only to customers in Beaverton.

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