TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, April 22, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Taylorsville city leaders have reached an agreement that will bring Google Fiber and its high-speed, high-bandwidth Internet services to Taylorsville.
A resolution approving the non-exclusive license agreement between the City of Taylorsville and Google Fiber was unanimously passed by the City Council at its meeting Wednesday evening, says a statement released Thursday by the city.
“We are thrilled to announce a game-changing partnership,” said Mayor Kristie Overson.
Taylorsville joins five other cities on the Wasatch Front and it is the first city on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley to bring Google Fiber to its residents and businesses, the city’s statement says.
“We like to say that Taylorsville is the place where community connects, and it has never been more true,” Overson said. “With our central location, we are the perfect place for business — and our neighborhoods are close and thriving. Now in the coming months, Google Fiber will be expanding its network to bring its reliable, high-speed Internet service to Taylorsville.”
The resolution passed by the City Council on Wednesday grants Google Fiber a non-exclusive license from Taylorsville to install and manage fiber optic infrastructure within the city’s public rights-of-way for the purpose of offering broadband Internet services.
Google Fiber uses fiber optic cables to bring high-speed Internet to homes and businesses. On public streets, in the city’s utility right of way, a narrow cut is made and the fiber is placed in the right-of-way, then run to the house once residents sign up for service. The process uses micro-trenching to speed up construction and reduce disruption.
Overson said the city has worked to bring Google Fiber aboard in recognition that families need more options for fast, reliable broadband; Taylorville’s business community desires to maintain a competitive edge; students need uninterrupted access to information; residents must be able to stream on all platforms in their homes, and everyone needs bandwidth at a competitive price, the city’s statement says.