Buckhorn Announces Exploratory Expansion of Google Fiber to Tampa

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Today, Mayor Bob Buckhorn joined Google’s Regional Expansion Lead Brien Bell to announce Google Fiber’s exploration to expand Google Fiber in the Tampa market. 

“Today is a big day for the City,” said City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “We have a responsibility to embolden the entrepreneurial spirit, help our businesses compete on a global scale, and make it easier and faster to turn new ideas in to new enterprises. Our digital infrastructure is just as crucial to our economic future as our transportation infrastructure — it is how we connect to the world. And Google Fiber, along the many other projects emerging in Tampa, will help us lead the way in global competitiveness.”

“Abundant high-speed Internet can help communities grow stronger, laying a foundation for innovation and economic growth,” said Jill Szuchmacher, Director of Expansion, Google Fiber. “City leaders like Mayor Buckhorn have taken a big step to see what they can do to bring superfast fiber networks to residents and businesses. We look forward to working side-by-side with Tampa in the coming months to explore the possibility of bringing Google Fiber to the city.”

As we begin our joint planning process we will work side-by-side with Google Fiber to make the process seamless. This process will include a deep dive with the City’s staff to best understand Tampa’s infrastructure, housing density and other factors that will create a smooth construction process. The City of Tampa staff will use a Google checklist to share key information such as maps of water and electricity lines. These preparations will best ensure that we, at the City of Tampa, provide all the information necessary to bring Google Fiber to our over 350,000 residents.

Google Fiber is an Internet and TV service that provides Internet speeds up to one gigabit per second – that’s 1,000 Megabits per second, compared to the average Internet speed in America today of 11.9 Mbps – along with hundreds of HD TV channels.

For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262