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3 Metro Phoenix cities selected for Google Fiber program

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The Valley is on the short list to be the next metro area to get Google Fiber.

The City of Scottsdale said Google announced Friday that Scottsdale has met the criteria for initial infrastructure studies.

Google representatives plan to meet next week with Scottsdale officials as part of the next step in the process. The firm could decide by the end of the year whether to begin installation in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe.

Google Fiber is an Internet and television service that's 100 times faster than broadband.

"Google's whole initiative is that they make money from people using the Internet. So if they make it easier for more people to use the Internet, they can generate more advertising revenue," said Ken Colburn, president/CEO of Data Doctors.

Google Fiber was first introduced in 2010 as part of a Google challenge inviting cities to apply to become fiber-optic communities. The service is currently available in Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri and Provo, Utah, and will be available in Austin, Texas later this year.

"Most of us at home have maybe 20 or 30, or 40 megabits per second if we're lucky. Google Fiber is 1,000 megabits per second," said Colburn.

If Google Fiber were to come to the Valley, it would be good for all of us, whether or not you use the service.

"They're not going to be able to deliver service to everyone. But it is going to force the competitors to basically follow along and try to match the pricing," Colburn said.

But Google Fiber is still a long way from a done deal. 

"Typically Google does not want to go into the ground, they really want to use utility poles and those kinds of things. For much of Arizona, the utilities are underground, so then we have access issues. So there's a lot of complexity about getting the infrastructure in," added Colburn.

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