Google still meeting with cities about Fiber

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 22, 2014
A map from that shows cities the internet search giant Google wants to provide with its Google Fiber service.

A map from that shows cities the internet search giant Google wants to provide with its Google Fiber service.

The last time we heard from Google, back in May, we were “one step closer” to getting its high-speed fiber optics service.

Decatur and Avondale Estates successfully submitted their fiber-ready checklists by a May 1 deadline, the company said.

“Next, our team will continue to work with your city, and use information from the checklist to start planning out what a local fiber network could look like,” the message from Google said. “There are still many details to figure out before we can make a final decision about bringing Google Fiber to Decatur (and Avondale Estates). We’ll keep you updated on what’s next, but for now, we wanted to share the good news that your city is one step closer to getting Fiber.”

Since then there haven’t been any new announcements from Google about what’s next or whether our area will be among the next cities to receive Google Fiber. The company is expected to announce its decision by the end of the year.  But the company is still actively working with local officials, according to Lena Stevens, Decatur’s project lead.

Stevens told Decaturish this week that the company is still adhering to the timeline it established when it first announced potential new Fiber cities back in February.

She said the company is asking follow up questions to clarify information Decatur provided in its checklist. The questions are very detailed, she said.

“I take it as a positive sign that they’re still asking questions,” Stevens said. “It seems like a good sign to me.”

According to a recent report from Avondale Estates City Manager Clai Brown, distributed via city email, Google is still talking to city staff there.

“Staff met with Google representatives to review and answer questions regarding the items submitted during the checklist phase,” the report says.

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