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Google Fiber looking to expand high-speed internet to Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._Google Fiber is looking into expanding its ultra-high-speed Internet service to Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City is one of three cities being looked at for Google Fiber’s expansion, and it could mean Internet speeds up to 85 times faster than most American cities.

“Today’s announcement that Google is exploring bringing Fiber to Oklahoma City is further validation of the success of our ongoing efforts to bring and keep high-tech companies and entrepreneurs to our great state,” said Governor Mary Fallin. “Google has been an Oklahoma company since 2011, when it invested more than $700 million in its data center in Mayes County. Google employees know firsthand what makes Oklahoma attractive to businesses looking to relocate or expand. More than 1,000 communities have sought to attract Google Fiber in the past, so for Oklahoma City to be an early prospect for this transformative initiative speaks volumes.”

Google Fiber was first introduced in 2009 as part of a Google challenge inviting U.S. cities to apply to become fiber-optic communities. Kansas City, Provo and Austin are currently the only cities operating under a Google Fiber network, with the process underway in Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City and San Antonio. Beginning this week, Google will work closely with Oklahoma City leaders on a joint planning process to explore what it would take to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering these gigabit speeds throughout the area.

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