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Portland Edges Closer To Google Fiber 106

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes Portland, Oregon has taken another step toward finalizing a franchise agreement with Google Fiber. In a unanimous vote, the city council has approved the prospective contract. While existing Internet Service Providers fume, Mary Beth Henry, manager of Portland's Office for Community Technology, pointed out that Google is prepared to make a major investment in the city's infrastructure, while the other firms are not. Ms. Henry also indicated that Google was not receiving any special treatment. Google spokesperson, Jenna Wandres, responded to events in an email, saying, "There's still a lot of work to do beyond this one agreement, but we hope to provide an update about whether we can bring Fiber here later this year."
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Portland Edges Closer To Google Fiber

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  • UTOPIA Fiber (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 12, 2014 @06:59PM (#47225825)

    I am fortunate (or unfortunate) to live in one of those small towns in Utah that signed up for UTOPIA municipal fiber. It was a long journey with Comcrap and Centurylink + lobbyists pulling all the gimmicks to prevent its rollout. UTOPIA has had its share of political problems, but those aside. I get to choose my ISP, I chose XMission a SLC based company. And for $35/month I get 100mbps up & down. So right now I'm not complaining.

  • by Obfuscant ( 592200 ) on Thursday June 12, 2014 @07:35PM (#47226063)

    Just like they've already passed laws in 30 states banning municipal broadband.

    This isn't municipal broadband. It is a company following the rules for obtaining a franchise.

    It's a demonstration that the "government monopoly" that is allegedly granted by means of a franchise agreement isn't as much of a dejure monopoly as is claimed.

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