August 24, 2016

Google Fiber is operational in Salt Lake City

Google Fiber has lit up a fiber-optic network in and around downtown Salt Lake City and began seeking business and residential customers

This first phase of Google Fiber's rollout of web access with speeds of up to one gigabit per second — with optional television and phone services — covers roughly 112 blocks from 100 South to 800 South between 400 West and 1300 East.

Nearly 200 government and business officials gathered Wednesday morning to celebrate the occasion at Google Fiber's newly opened facility, Fiber Space, a trendy customer-service center and internet cafe at Trolley Square mall.

"As of 9 a.m., Google Fiber is live in Salt Lake City," Scott Tenney, head of Google Fiber business operations in Utah, told the crowd.

The company simultaneously emailed thousands of prospective customers, saying access to its broadband capacity had arrived.

Tenney said in an interview that other parts of the city would be turned on "in a matter of months and not years." He declined to provide specifics.

SOURCE - Google, The Salt Lake Tribune

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