Google Fiber, Portland reach preliminary franchise agreement

Google Fiber, Portland reach preliminary franchise agreement

The 29-page, 10-year franchise is scheduled to go before city council commissioners on May 7.

The deal doesn’t guarantee Google will bring its fiber-optic service to Portland – the company still must evaluate local regulations, topography, existing utility networks and other factors that will influence its decision.

Additionally, Portland and Google must reach agreement on the company’s desire to put big “network huts” on public property in parts of the city, and small utility cabinets on parking strips in neighborhoods throughout Portland.

But the franchise agreement brings service a good deal closer, outlining the terms under which Google would operate in Portland.

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