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Tempe approves new fiber license to provide high-speed internet

Tempe City Hall
Jean Clare Sarmiento/KJZZ
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Tempe City Hall.

Tempe officials say some areas of the city do not have access to a high-speed internet provider. However, a new deal has been struck to change that.

In an effort to expand high-speed internet access city-wide, Tempe officials have approved a new fiber license and right-of-way agreement. That will give internet service providers access to the city’s right-of-way for construction and maintenance of fiber-optic networks.

City Councilman Randy Keating has been working on this project for nearly a decade.

“I've been trying to get Google Fiber to come to Tempe since 2016. And there was some promising starts and some disappointing stops. But we're finally at the point now where we're ready to move forward with a citywide project," he said.

Keating says the project should make internet access more affordable — and more reliable —throughout Tempe.

He says Google will lay fiber cables at no charge to the city. While no timelines have been set, Keating says information will be put out once it becomes available.

Ignacio Ventura is a reporter for KJZZ. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in news media and society.