Google Fiber Visits Portland!

  • May 20, 2015
  • Computer News

Google fiber icon - people connectedGoogle Fiber is an Internet and cable television service offered to residents in select areas of the U.S. In May 2015, Portland computer experts were thrilled that Google visited the area to move forward with its plans to provide its Internet services. In addition to Portland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard and Gresham neighborhoods will have access to Google Fiber.

What Does Google Fiber Do?

Google Fiber offers Internet and cable services. A basic plan provides Internet speeds of up to 5 megabits per second (Mbps). Other plans include Internet speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, cloud storage, TV services with cable channels and hardware, such as a DVR. The Google Fiber page for Kansas City offers an overview of the different plans and rates. Keep in mind that prices for this service may vary by region.

When Will Google Fiber Arrive to Portland?

At the time of publication, Portland is a “potential Fiber city,” according to Google. Kansas City, Missouri; Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah are the only communities that have Google Fiber. Select cities in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Utah are getting ready for the rollout of services.

The Portland area already has a franchise agreement with Google Fiber, but there were some setbacks because of the state’s tax laws regarding telecommunication companies, which would have made Google Fiber too expensive for customers. However, Oregon lawmakers recently created an exemption for “gigabit” Internet service providers so Google Fiber could offer its services at an affordable rate.

What Can I Expect?

Portland computer repair experts advise you to be patient. Based on the implementation in Kansas City a couple of years ago, it will take a while for Google Fiber to be available to the public as the company has to run thousands of miles of fiber optic lines, secure utility pole access and obtain network rights of way.

Once Google Fiber does get going, you’ll see rainbow-colored “fiber rabbits” in neighborhoods that will have access to the service and on the lawns of those who want the service in their community. If Google Fiber is available in your area and you live in an apartment, your property manager has to sign up for the service before you can take advantage of it. When you do sign up, regardless of where you live, it will take about a day for the company to wire your home for cable TV or install Ethernet wiring if neither already exist.

If you have any questions about Google Fiber, get in touch with the Portland computer experts at Happy Hamster. We’re also glad to help with any of your Internet-related questions or if need help connecting your computer or device to the Web.
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