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Portland closer to getting Google Fiber

Portland is on course to get Google Fiber in the future as the state has now allowed the Internet search giant to expand its gigabit fiber network in the city as part of Google's 'fiberhood' project.

Google is planning to invest as much as $300 million in this project and the permission means that the company is now free to start its project as soon as possible.

The project was announced by Google in February and Portland is an important state in the company's scheme of things.

Google has decided to run the network in 34 cities across the US. The company is in talks with the officials of the respective cities seeking their permission for the project and the talks are at different stages in different cities.

It seems that Portland has however grabbed the lead in giving the permission and it is likely that this city would be the first to reap the benefits of this advanced project.

Once this project becomes operational, Google will not have to serve every neighborhood as the company will be able to pick its own 'fiberhoods' after taking into account the demand based per city. The pilot program was launched in markets around Kansas City.

It is to be noted that Google is yet to announce whether it will build out Fiber itself in Portland. The company is expected to take a final call in this regard by the end of this year.