Google eyes Dallas for fiber network

Google eyes Dallas for fiber network

Google Fiber is considering bringing its fiber optic network to Dallas.

Google Fiber is already in San Antonio and Austin, and extending the network to Dallas will give the city more reliable connections, faster communication and an incentive for more tech talent and businesses to locate in the region, according to the company's announcement.

Google is working with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and local leaders to evaluate the best options for building the fiber optic network in the city’s dense urban environment.  The city is working through Google Fiber’s checklist to provide information on local topography, existing infrastructure, construction permits, network hut locations and approvals that could impact fiber construction.

Although discussions between the city and Google have officially begun, it may be some time before the fiber network gets built out. In San Antonio, it was 17 months between the time the city was named a potential fiber site and Google’s final decision to build the network, according to The Verge.

While bringing fiber to Dallas is still in its early stages, Google also hopes it will help advance the city’s rising technology sector, attract more tech talent and allow its citizens to easily stream, communicate and stay connected.

About the Author

Amanda Ziadeh is a Reporter/Producer for GCN.

Prior to joining 1105 Media, Ziadeh was a contributing journalist for USA Today Travel's Experience Food and Wine site. She's also held a communications assistant position with the University of Maryland Office of the Comptroller, and has reported for the American Journalism Review, Capitol File Magazine and DC Magazine.

Ziadeh is a graduate of the University of Maryland where her emphasis was multimedia journalism and French studies.

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