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Google Fiber snub does not deter Dunwoody from possible service
by LaTria Garnigan
March 18, 2014 09:29 AM | 4377 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A few weeks ago Google announced its involvement with several local cities — Decatur, Brookhaven, Avondale Estates and Sandy Springs — to possibly bring Google Fiber, its ultra high-speed fiber network that lets customers use the web at speeds up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.

Despite Dunwoody’s aspiration to be part of the study, the city was left out of the running. City spokesman Bob Mullen said they [city officials] believe Dunwoody is an attractive market for the initiative.

“As Google Fiber moves forward with our neighboring cities of Sandy Springs and Brookhaven, they will likely only be more interested to connect in Dunwoody as well,” he said, in a statement. “Dunwoody will be taking advantage of this opportunity to work on getting our policies and procedures in order to ensure we are best prepared for the technologies of the future.” Google Fiber is used in Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Mo., Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah, according to a news release. The company has invited 34 cities across the U.S. to explore what it would take to build a new fiber-optic network in their community.

“The city views the Internet as an important tool of commerce. Broadband/fiber technology is provided by several private companies that currently serve or are interested in serving our community — both residential and business,” said Mullen,

After reaching out to the company, Mullen said the city received a response from the support team, “We love that people are so excited about fiber. We have a lot of work to do with the cities we’re currently partnering with and we need to make sure we don’t bite off more than we can chew. While we’re not in a place to work directly with additional cities at this stage, you may be interested in reviewing the checklist we put together for cities.”

Mullen said the city has been working to review the Gigabit Communities report by the company and said it is excited by the possibilities of policies and procedures that can be brought to the mayor and city council for consideration.

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