Coming soon to a city near you: Google Fiber (maybe)

Coming soon to a city near you: Google Fiber (maybe)
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales announced the upcoming discussions with Google Wednesday morning. (KATU photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Several cities in the Portland metro area have another shot at getting Google Fiber, the ultra-high-speed broadband connection that is currently available only in Kansas City and Provo, Utah.

Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tigard and Hillsboro will begin discussions with Google about bringing in the network, which offers speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second – about 100 times faster than what most households now get.

“Google is looking for communities that serve as hubs for innovation,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “And that’s Portland. Our culture of creativity and coalition-building makes this the ideal spot for ultra-high-speed broadband.”

Part of the discussion will focus on the cities’ ability and willingness to expedite the permitting process.

It’s the second time Google has looked at bringing the technology to Portland. After the last round of consideration, Google instead opted for Kansas City and Provo, Utah.

Google is looking at 33 other cities across the country this time.

"Some cities will have to prove that they're cool enough for Google Fiber," Hales said. "We've got cool covered here."