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Google considering Louisville for super-fast fiber Internet service

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Mayor Greg Fischer at Google Fiber announcement, Sept. 10, 2015 Mayor Greg Fischer at Google Fiber announcement, Sept. 10, 2015
Louisville is now on the Google Fiber list Louisville is now on the Google Fiber list

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Google has put Louisville on the short list of cities where the company may deploy Google Fiber, an ultra-fast Internet and television service, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Thursday.

Over the next several months, Google will examine the feasibility of running fiber along public rights of way -- along telephone poles and underground -- throughout Jefferson County, said Ted Smith, Metro government's chief of civic innovation.

Google's fiber service is operational in Kansas City; Provo, Utah; and Austin, Texas. Google has committed to bringing the service to six additional cities including Nashville.

With Thursday's announcement, Louisville joins a list of six more "potential" cities for Google Fiber.

In contrast to coaxial cable lines (like Time Warner Cable) and copper phone lines (like AT&T), Google's fiber-optic connections offer Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.

That's 100 times faster in download speeds than the typical household broadband connection in Louisville, which is just under 10 megabits per second.

In Kansas City, Google Fiber costs $70 a month for the Internet connection and an additional $60 a month for television service. Google also provides a basic, 5 mbps Internet connection for free in Kansas City after a one-time fee of $300.

Smith said he hopes it will take less than a year for Google to decide whether it's feasible to build the network in Louisville. 

"In order to deliver Google Fiber to residents and small businesses, we need to build thousands and thousands of miles of fiber optic cable in Louisville. It's important to understand where would would place every single inch," said Louisville native Ashley Kroh, who leads Google Fiber's Southeast expansion efforts.

Previously passed over for Google Fiber, Louisville worked its way back onto the list with Fischer's overt "signaling" of the city's interest in getting the faster network, Smith said Thursday.

In November 2013, Metro government issued a formal invitation soliciting plans from any company interested in building a gigabit network in the city.

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