Google Fiber, the internet giant’s super-fast #broadband service, has been given the authorization to spread its wings, receiving unanimous approval from the Portland City Council.
The city council of Portland signed an agreement on Wednesday that allows Google to install and operate a high-speed #fiber optic network in the city by 2024. Portland is one of the nine areas currently under consideration for Google Fiber’s next project.
The agreement includes a number of terms that Google would be required to agree in order to operate Google Fiber in Portland. Google will be subjected to a five percent “franchise fee” on its video revenues. It won’t have to pay a three percent “PEG” fee that Portland otherwise charges rival Comcast, but it will have to offer free Internet service for Portland residents for a $300, onetime installation fee. It’ll also provide free Internet service to some of the ‘to be determined’ nonprofits, in addition to providing a total of three free WiFi networks in various parts of the city.
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