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Several DeKalb cities chosen for Google Fiber study
by LaTria Garnigan
February 25, 2014 10:22 AM | 4105 views | 1 1 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week, Google announced that nine cities in the metro area — Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna — might get access to Google Fiber, an ultra high-speed fiber network that lets customers use the Web at speeds that are up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.

The service is in used in Kansas City, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah, according to a news release. Google is now in the next steps toward expanding the service and has invited 34 cities across the U.S. to work to explore what it would take to build a new fiber-optic network in their community.

“The city of Decatur is proud to be one of Google’s short list,” said Mayor Jim Baskett. “Decatur is known for being forward thinking in our commitment to sustainable, long-term planning. We now have the opportunity to demonstrate that we are fiber ready and future ready. Our entire community of homes, schools and places of worship would benefit from Google Fiber’s unbelievably fast Internet speeds, in ways we can’t even imagine. We look forward to Google’s building the infrastructure for this technological investment in our community.”

Google will be having numerous conversations with the cities’ leadership in a joint planning process, later this year the company will have updates on which cities will get the service.

Avondale Estates Mayor Ed Rieker said the city is excited to work with the company to bring the service to the city.

“Implementing abundant, high-speed broadband access will encourage economic development and allow the city to become a test bed for new technology and ideas that have the potential to improve our daily lives,” he said.

With the service, many businesses are moving to the cities that have it to build the apps of the future. According to a news release SightDeck moved from California, to Kansas City to build next-generation video conferencing. A French cloud computing company BIME Analytics said they chose Kansas City as their North American headquarters in part because of the service. Also, because of the service, other providers have been increasing their speeds and lowering prices.

“We are thrilled about this opportunity for both current and future Brookhaven residents and businesses,” said Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis. “Brookhaven officials and staff are looking forward to exploring this great possibility and working with their team in determining if Brookhaven is a good fit for this project.”

Building the service is a big construction job, which requires digging up streets and climbing up poles. It could be disruptive to a community that is not ready for it, according to a news release. With these selected cities, the company will work with them to map out in detail what it would look like to build a new fiber-optic network there. The most important part of this teamwork will be identifying what obstacles might pop up during network construction.

The company will conduct detailed studies of factors that affect construction plans in each place, like topography, housing density and the construction of local infrastructure.

Cities will complete a checklist of items that will help get them ready for a fiber construction project:
-provide detailed, accurate maps
-ensure the company can access and put its fiber on existing poles or conduit
-review permitting processes to make sure cities can handle as much as 100 times their usual number of permit resources.

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