Published October 28, 2015 by Brianna Bailey (NewsOK)
Google is eyeing Oklahoma City for an expansion of its super-fast broadband Internet and cable television service called Google Fiber.
Google said Wednesday that it was adding Oklahoma City to its list of cities for possible expansion, along with Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla.
The announcement means that Google will take an in-depth look at everything from Oklahoma City’s existing infrastructure to its topography and geology to determine whether a Google Fiber expansion will be possible in the city.
However, it might also mean that Google will ultimately decide not to come to Oklahoma City, Jill Szuchmacher, director of expansion for Goggle Fiber, said in a phone interview.
“The announcement really marks a deeper exploration,” Szuchmacher said.
Build out of a Google Fiber network in Oklahoma City will mean a multi-million dollar construction process of thousands of fiber route miles. City permitting departments often see their workloads increase significantly during the construction process, Szuchmacher said.
“It’s a huge infrastructure process that involves thousands of route miles of infrastructure,” Szuchmacher said. “What we want to really do is collaborate with the city to minimize disruption to the city.”Follow @FortySixNews