Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale were selected to potentially participate in the Google Fiber expansion program, said a press release from Gov. Jan Brewer's office.
The program would bring ultra high-speed cable and Internet speed of up to 100 times faster than in most American cities, placing metro Phoenix as "one of the most attractive locations in the nation for high-tech companies," the press release said.
"This is great news, and further validation of our ongoing work to make Arizona the best state in the country for high-tech companies to do business," Brewer said in her statement. "More than 1,000 communities have sought this opportunity in the past, so it is a big deal for metro Phoenix to receive this opportunity, and it really speaks volumes to have a company such as Google take notice of what our state offers in terms of business friendly message...the infrastructure, and economic opportunities we have to offer."
Google Fiber was first introduced in 2010 as part of a Google challenge inviting U.S. cities to apply to become fiber-optic communities.
Kansas City is currently the only city operating with a fiber-optic network, with Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah heading in that direction.
The press release said Google will provide an update on which cities will get Fiver by the end of the year.
“If the effort ultimately moves forward, it will further propel Arizona’s economic comeback, but regardless, it makes Arizona even more attractive to businesses looking to relocate or expand and position metro Phoenix toward a thriving high-tech future," Brewer said. "I welcome Google Fiber’s announcement and look forward to a potential partnership with this stellar company.”