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Google fiber service coming to Portland

Officials in , Ore., have signed off on a franchise agreement to bring service to the city, bringing it one step closer to roll-out.

Some Portland residents will have another alternative for service soon, as this week the Portland City Council has approved a franchise agreement with Google to bring its fiber service into the Northwest locale. Google will apparently offer free Internet service to Portland residents for a one-time $300 fee, a trade-off for the city dropping a three-percent fee levied on rival provider .

Not all parts of Portland may have access to Google’s fiber service, however. The Mountain View, Calif., company will hold “fiber rallies” to figure out the level of interest and demand across Portland’s neighborhoods. “Google is as interested in the number of people who would sign up for its basic Internet plan (5 Mbps of service) as it is its more expensive premium plans,” PC Mag reported.

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