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This article was published on February 22, 2016

Rocket City will be the first in the US to build a new Google Fiber network from scratch

Rocket City will be the first in the US to build a new Google Fiber network from scratch
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Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She l Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She loves tech for good, cleantech, edtech, assistive tech, politech (?), diversity in tech.

What better place to become the next Google Fiber partner than Rocket City, a.k.a. Huntsville, Alabama, so called because of its links to the space exploration sector and its high concentration of engineers.

Google is already working with 20 different areas in the US to deliver Fiber but Huntsville looks like the first to ink a deal with the company for it to provide high-speed internet on a new publicly-owned network before it’s even been built.

Although Google has been cautious in its announcement, highlighting that any company will be able to deliver broadband once the network is ready and declining to give out a timeline for the build, the city’s Mayor has sent a more overt message:

The Huntsville Utilities network will also be used to support a new “electrical smart grid,” as well as providing gigabit internet to the city’s inhabitants.

To date, Google has built most of its own Fiber networks, bought existing ones from the relevant city or made use of existing infrastructure.

Working with Huntsville to connect more people [Google Fiber Blog]