Gigabit broadband provider Google Fiber, backed by multinational tech firm Google Inc, has received permission to bring its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service to Tempe, Arizona, as the city council voted unanimously to approve the plan. Angie Welling, Google’s public policy and government affairs manager, told the Arizona Republic that the agreement ‘gives us approval to build a network in the city of Tempe’, meaning it is now able to access the necessary rights-of-way along existing utility poles and conduits to deploy its fibre. According to the online journal, Scottsdale and Phoenix will vote on similar agreements in the upcoming months.
In related news, a formal announcement regarding Google Fiber’s projected launch in the Texan city of San Antonio is now thought to be imminent. The development has been reported by a number of local news outlets, citing sources at City Hall, and could be confirmed this week. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas approved an application by Google Fiber Austin to expand to San Antonio, although Google itself remained tight-lipped regarding its plans.