(Mountain View, CA) – The City of Mountain View and Google announced a new connectivity plan for residents today. During the next few months, City leaders and Google will explore the possibility of bringing Google Fiber to Mountain View homes. In the meantime, Google will bring new, free, public, outdoor Wi-Fi to the downtown corridor and will offer a $500,000 technology grant to the City, pending Council approval on February 25.
As part of the long-term proposal in the connectivity plan, Google will work closely with City leaders to determine the feasibility of building a brand new fiber-optic network throughout Mountain View that is capable of delivering gigabit Internet connections. “Communities with abundant high-speed Internet grow stronger because there is a greater potential to create jobs, drive economic growth and help students and families get access to essential resources,” said Kevin Lo, General Manager of Google Fiber. “We look forward to working with Mountain View in the coming months to see if we can bring Google Fiber to our hometown.”
According to Akamai's latest “State of the Internet” report, the average American broadband speed is 9.8 megabits per second. In contrast, Google Fiber could bring Mountain View residents access to gigabit Internet connections (1,024 megabits per second) – or up to 100 times faster data transfer speeds than basic broadband.
In addition to the proposal of bringing Google Fiber to Mountain View, Google will also create a brand new, free, public, outdoor Wi-Fi zone along the downtown corridor and offer the City a $500,000 technology grant. If Council accepts the proposed grant and new downtown Wi-Fi zone on February 25, Google will let residents know at least 60 days in advance of shutting down the current Google Wi-Fi system to make way for the new downtown corridor hotspot. As for the proposed grant, the City has initially earmarked funds to provide Wi-Fi at public facilities with services that narrow the digital divide, including: free outdoor Wi-Fi at Rengstorff Park and free indoor Wi-Fi at the Mountain View Public Library, Senior Center, Community Center and Teen Center.
“We need to provide the tools of success for every one of our residents in this connected world. With this connectivity plan, we have the opportunity to make a significant leap forward by upgrading the Wi-Fi in key areas of Mountain View,“ said Mayor Chris Clark. “By using Google’s generous grant offer to improve connectivity and access to technology, this City is demonstrating readiness for innovative services like Google Fiber.”