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NATOA Applauds Google’s Plans for Fiber Broadband Networks

February 10, 2010 11:15 AM

NATOA applauds Google for its announcement today that the company plans to build and test 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), open-access fiber-to-the-home broadband networks in a small number of communities nationwide.


As the company explained, its “goal is to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone.” The pilot networks will deliver high-capacity, competitively priced service to up to 500,000 people.


“NATOA and its members are pleased to see Google’s significant commitment to working with localities to take steps toward solving the nation’s broadband deficit,” said Tonya Rideout, NATOA’s acting executive director. “Local governments have been creatively and actively trying to meet their urban, suburban, and rural communities’ broadband needs for more than 15 years. We welcome collaboration with Google.”


NATOA is particularly pleased that Google plans to work with local governments and respect land use ordinances and other local requirements. Further, the company’s decision to target the emerging international standard for broadband speeds and its commitment to true open access, allowing multiple operators to compete over the same platform, represent a welcome embrace of best practices in network development.


NATOA is the national association that represents local governments on communications matters and promotes community interests in communications.  NATOA members have worked with private sector partners to facilitate broadband deployment in their communities for more than a decade.  In addition, hundreds of NATOA members have built and operate fiber optic networks that provide high-bandwidth, secure communications to key community anchor institutions, such as schools, libraries, and public safety.

Contact: Acting Executive Director Tonya Rideout, 703.519.8035.