Google Fiber and the Race to Bring Warp-Speed Internet to San Diego
A recent announcement that ultra-fast Google Fiber internet service may be coming to San Diego got a lot of attention. The potential for a new entrant to the market has many hoping more competition will mean faster internet service for everyone.
Cox, AT&T and Time Warner have their own plans. Google and city of San Diego staffers have had several in-person meetings and exchanged phone calls and emails to discuss bringing Google’s fiber-optic network here. But they aren’t ready to project potential expenses or set a deadline.
Google has posted job listings but they include uncertainties.
The online job postings start with a disclaimer: “At this time, there is no guarantee that San Diego will be named a Google Fiber city. We’re exploring interest and talent for the opportunity in advance.”
Google is soliciting applicants for community impact manager, city manager and associate city manager for its Google Fiber-branded internet service in San Diego, but only if candidates don’t mind some uncertainty.
“Due to the dynamic nature of local government, utilities, and organizations, we’re looking for flexible, senior leaders,” the postings warn.
No one – not Google, whose engineers must study factors like topography and housing density, nor city of San Diego officials tasked with completing a detailed checklist about existing infrastructure, land availability and city permits – is yet willing to commit that Google will be able to bring its super-fast internet speeds to San Diego.
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