Google signs 'tentative agreement' with Portland for hyper-fast Internet service

Google signs 'tentative agreement' with Portland for hyper-fast Internet service

Ultra high-speed broadband Internet could be coming soon to Portland.

The city council will be discussing a tentative agreement for fiber-optic service with Google on May 7, said Mary Beth Henry, director of Portland's Office of Community Technology,.

If the council signs on, the agreement means Google will evaluate whether conditions in Portland are suitable for the service.

The hyper-fast network would provide Internet speeds approximately 100 times faster than what most households have now. Currently, it's only available in Kansas City and Provo, Utah.

Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tigard and Hillsboro all entered into discussions with Google in February. So far, only Portland has announced a tentative deal for the fiber optics.

Google was searching for 33 cities that serve as “hubs for innovation.”

In February, Mayor Charlie Hales said “our culture of creativity and coalition-building makes this the ideal spot for ultra-high-speed broadband.”