Report: Phoenix area misses out on Google Fiber for now

Jan 27, 2015, 10:53 AM | Updated: 10:53 am
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PHOENIX — Google Fiber will reportedly not be available in Phoenix-area homes, at least this year.

The Wall Street Journal reported the Internet giant will launch its high-speed Internet and television service in four cities in the southeastern United States.

Google will announce launches of Google Fiber in Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Nashville, Tenn. in coming days, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Neither Google nor town officials commented on the report.

Hopes were high for Phoenix to receive the service in July, when Google posted a job opening for a Google Fiber city manager in the Valley.

The posting stipulated Phoenix may not necessarily become a Google Fiber city. Google said if someone was selected for the job and the broadband service doesn’t come to Arizona’s capital, the new hire will still play a role — either from Phoenix or at Google’s headquarters. The company added that it’s looking for “flexible, senior leaders.”

In late April, Phoenix city council members were asked to move forward with infrastructure that would allow the installation of Google Fiber.

Google Fiber brings Internet speeds about 10 times faster than those readily available in most markets. Google charges $80 for Internet and $120 for an Internet/TV package in Kansas City, the first city to get the service back in 2012.

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Report: Phoenix area misses out on Google Fiber for now