Google ultra-high-speed internet for Raleigh area?

February 19, 2014 10:43:21 AM PST
Mayor Nancy McFarlane said Thursday she's excited the Raleigh area is on a short list of cities being considered for a new ultra-high speed Google Fiber broadband network.

The cities listed on Google's announcement Thursday include: Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Garner, Morrisville, and Raleigh.

"The City of Raleigh has been working on expanding broadband options for our community for some time," McFarlane said. "Today's announcement provides another opportunity for the City to explore options to provide abundant, high-speed broadband access that will make our community stronger and help strengthen the foundations for future economic development in our city."

Durham Mayor Bill Bell said the announcement could mean new jobs.

"While Durham is a university town, and home to much of the Research Triangle Park, this Google product would be geared toward residents, providing them better and faster access to the information highway, for personal as well as business development purposes. It also would provide jobs during the construction period," he said.

In a news release, Google said: "We aim to provide updates by the end of the year about which cities will be getting Google Fiber. Between now and then, we'll work closely with each city's leaders on a joint planning process that will not only map out a Google Fiber network in detail, but also assess what unique local challenges we might face. These are such big jobs that advance planning goes a long way toward helping us stick to schedules and minimize disruption for residents."

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