In February, Google Fiber announced that the City of Charlotte was one of 34 candidate cities being evaluated as an exploratory market for its high-speed internet service, Google Fiber. Shortly thereafter, Google met with City staff to review the assessment process it would conduct to evaluate Charlotte’s readiness for Google Fiber.
As a part of this process, all candidate cities were asked to complete a checklist - requesting information related to city infrastructure and construction permitting processes - that would identify the feasibility of bringing the internet service to that specific location. The City of Charlotte fulfilled the checklist requirements by the May 1, 2014 deadline established by Google.
Google has communicated that it will reveal the cities it intends to provide service to no later than December 31, 2014.
Below are the checklist status and completed checklist documents the City of Charlotte submitted to Google for review:
Checklist status document
Google Fiber Hut Locations
Additional information concerning the potential Google Fiber deployment in Charlotte:
- The Google Fiber evaluation process is not competitive. Google has communicated intent to provide services to all 34 candidate cities, if Google perceives they can expeditiously build the infrastructure necessary to offer internet services.
- Google is proposing to deploy a residential service by building fiber optic cable to the home. The service will not be available for other uses during the initial phases of the project. Google has suggested that it is working on a commercial business offering but could not speculate when it would be available.
- Google is not asking the city for any financial incentives or public subsidies.
- The City of Charlotte has not shown preferential treatment to Google, and will work with other incumbent internet and cable television service providers equally.
For more information, contact:
Corporate Communications & Marketing
City Manager's Office