Google eyes Dallas for fiber network
- By Amanda Ziadeh
- Jun 15, 2016
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.
Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.