Dallas May Be the Next Stop for Google Fiber

Google has already brought its Fiber high-speed Internet service to six cities across the U.S., but it may soon add Dallas, the home turf of AT&T, to its list of deployment targets. In a blog post earlier today, Google announced that is "exploring the possibility" of rolling out its Fiber service in Dallas.

AT&T, which is headquartered in Dallas, is already offering its high-speed GigaPower Internet service across several major cities in Texas, and has plans to expand the service to many other parts of the state and the country. Just last week, the company announced that it was launching new GigaPower connectivity in El Paso, in addition to its current service areas in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

Google will begin working with local leaders in Dallas to assess the area's existing infrastructure and examine factors that could affect the deployment of Fiber in the region, according to today's announcement. The company uses a checklist of best practices recommended by several organizations, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors, to help with the Fiber planning process in different markets.

Google Fiber Could 'Attract More Tech Talent'

Noting that Dallas is already a significant tech industry market, Jill Szuchmacher, director of expansion for Google Fiber, wrote in a blog post today that "Google Fiber will help Dallas attract even more tech talent, and push the city further toward the future."

Dallas is one of the 10 best cities in the U.S. in which to be a tech worker, according to a survey released in September by the financial technology company SmartAsset. Noting that the region is sometimes called the "Silicon Prairie," SmartAsset said around 4 percent of all employees in Dallas work in the tech industry.

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