Portland commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to approve Google Fiber's franchise agreement with the city, the biggest milestone to date in the company's plan to bring hyperfast Internet service to the city.Oh yeah, Portland? We passed a $15 per hour minimum wage bump!
"It is such a good fit with who we are and who we will be in this city," said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, joining his four colleagues on the city council in enthusiastically endorsing the project.
Google plans to decide by the end of the year whether to proceed with service in Portland and five suburbs (Gresham, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Beaverton and Hillsboro.) The company is evaluating local regulations, access to utility poles and regional topography to determine whether the network is technically and financially feasible.
Seriously though: get Google Fiber going here (former chief technology officer Bill Schrier says it's never happening), Mayor Murray and City Council members, or commit to developing superfast municipal broadband, and you all will be more popular than Molly Moon's ice cream on a hot sunny day.