Back in 2010, there was a national contest for cities to “win” the chance to bring Google Fiber to their town.
Unfortunately, Tempe didn’t “win” the contest that year, but we didn’t give up either. Today, the City of Tempe announced that we are one step closer to Google Fiber coming to the valley.
— City of Tempe, AZ (@Tempegov) July 31, 2015
So, what the heck is Google Fiber? It is super-fast internet and television service at more affordable rates. One city council member told me after the meeting tonight that there is an option for a “free” internet plan. The plan has some restrictions and has a set up fee, but it is VERY affordable. I looked at pricing of Google Fiber in Kansas City to see what we were possibly looking at and found this chart. Not too shabby, if you ask me. ( click to enlarge the pic )
Basically, it says they pay $70 per month for super-fast internet and $130 per month for internet and television. It looks like you can also record and store a bunch of media with the television service. Again, pricing for Google Fiber in Tempe has NOT been set!
Lightning fast internet coming to Tempe could mean more jobs, as more even more companies could choose to relocate to Tempe to take advantage of the high speed services. Of course, if anyone wants to move to the area, they just need to call a really good REALTOR in Tempe to help make their move.
Per a City of Tempe news release this evening:
At its Thursday Regular Meeting, the Tempe City Council approved an agreement that could bring Google Fiber to Tempe. Approval of the video services license agreement is an important next step in the process of working to bring the ultra high-speed Internet service to the Valley.
We hear that the cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale will also be voting to see if they want to allow similar licensing agreements for Google Fiber, as well.
I haven’t seen where the service will be available first. I am sure many neighborhoods and areas will be very happy to give them a try. The agreement with the city of Tempe allows Google to determine who, what and where of the fiber network. It sounds like they could try polling some areas to see how many people are interested in having this service that is said to provide speeds up to 1,000 megabits per second.
I think it’s pretty cool to be one of the first dozen cities in the nation to have Google Fiber. Of course, it will be interesting to see how Cox Communications reacts to another major player coming to town. I have a feeling that some competition will be good for us users of high-speed internet.
Part of the agreement with Tempe allows Google to run wires from existing overhead lines, instead of having to run all of the fiber underground. This should help bring the service to the area quicker and for less money. Sure, they’ll need to bury much of the fiber, just not all. Using existing infrastructure should be a big help in getting the service to us faster, and speed seems to be the name of the game with Google Fiber.
According to an AZ Central article, Google won’t be required to expand service to every corner of the city. The company retains the right to “determine the scope, location and timing of the design and construction of its Network, as well as the windows during which residents may enroll for services.”
Here’s a fun video that I was fortunate to be a part of back in 2010. The video was an attempt to show Google why we deserved to be the first city in the nation to have Google super-duper high speed internet service. Take a look, it’s kind of cool. It might not be as cool as the one Michael shot about the g-string g-fiber thing, but it is cool none the less.
Sure, it isn’t exactly a done deal yet, but I spoke to a couple of people this evening that felt very confident that Tempe would be getting Google Fiber. Stick around, it’s going to be a fun story to follow.