Last week Google Fiber posted 3 job openings in Phoenix, indicating that they are considering our area as a site for their high-speed, fiber-optic internet service. Our population at 4.5 million makes us the 13th largest metropolitan area, and with growth in technology jobs here, it’s no wonder that Google would want to be here.
In February, Google Fiber announced it was looking at Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe to launch the new service that provides internet speed over 100 times faster than broadband. For users, this means faster downloads and better clarity.
Google Fiber is already running in Kansas City, KS; Austin and Provo. Getting the infrastructure set up has had its set backs for some of the cities for two reasons: 1) some lower income people find the cost too expensive, and 2) delays due to negotiations between communications companies on sharing conduit – leaving Google, in some cases, to dig trenches and lay conduit. The state of Arizona has been working to clear these potential hurdles in advance.
The 3 positions Google posted for our area are:
Google says in its job postings, “…there is no guarantee that any of the listed cities will be named a Google Fiber city. “We’re (Google) exploring interest and talent….in advance.”
City and state officials are optimistic about the prospect of Google Fiber coming to the valley because it serves as encouragement for more technology companies to come to our area.