Palo Alto is a step further in the process to possibly bring the ultra high speed Google Fiber broadband network to the City. As one of 34 cities around the country being considered for Google Fiber, city leaders have been working with Google on a joint planning process to explore what it would take to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering much faster speeds throughout Palo Alto.
On May 1, the City completed the next requirement in the process by turning in the materials being asked for on the Google Fiber checklist. The checklist included conditions such as providing information about existing infrastructure and homes, providing access to existing infrastructure, and providing help to make construction speedy and predictable.
Improving broadband speed and choice for the community has been a priority for Palo Alto for a number of years. Today's average American broadband speed is 9.8 Megabits per second. In contrast, Google Fiber could bring Palo Alto residents access to "Gigabit" Internet connections up to 1,000 Megabits per second—or up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.
Google plans to look over all the materials submitted and have an update by the end of the year on which cities will get Fiber. Click here for a perspective on the cities participating in the process, or here for more information.