Cincinnati city officials Tuesday relaunched an effort to get Google’s low-cost, high-speed Internet service after falling short four years ago. The effort faces major hurdles, though, including the online search giant itself.
“Given all the work we’ve done in this community with our startups and entrepreneurial efforts, there isn’t any reason we shouldn’t be on that list of cities being considered,” said City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, chairman of council’s entrepreneurship committee.
“What we’ve already done in Cincinnati over the last four years are game-changers. When you have people enrolling in classes here that are former Google executives and TV networks doing stories on Cincinnati’s tech boom, then Cincinnati is already on people’s radar.”
Google bills its Google Fiber as 100 times faster than today’s basic broadband. Its advertised download speeds are 10 times to 20 times faster than advertised services available in Greater Cincinnati, and its upload speeds are 50 to 200 times faster.
When reached for a response Tuesday, Google officials said the company’s plate is already full with its ongoing Google Fiber effort. The low-cost service is already live in Kansas City and Provo, Utah, and is expanding to Austin, Texas. Google officials are mapping out possibilities in 34 other cities in eight states.
“We love the enthusiasm ... but we can’t take anyone else right now,” Google spokeswoman Jenna Wandres said. “We have a lot of work to do in the 34 cities we’ve already targeted. It requires hundreds if not thousands of miles of fiber cable. And just planning a potential deployment is a multi-month effort with all of these cities.”
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