Why Portland?

No city in the U.S. is as ready as Portland to launch a citywide or scaled testbed for ultra high speed open platform broadband. Portland has the history, broad community support, willing businesses, committed local government, and cost-effective, year-round construction metrics. We are poised to take immediate steps to collaborate with Google’s visionary ultra high-speed broadband project on any agreeable scale from 50,000 to 500,000. We have:

  • The right policies.
    Portland has a long history of supporting open platforms. Portland was the first government in the nation portland-oregon-collageto endorse “open access” to then-emerging broadband Internet platforms (December 1998); and the first city (September 2009) to place open source software on a level playing field with proprietary software while launching a regional application development initiative. We are proud that Portland remains an international hub for open-source software development.
  • The right history.
    Since 1998, Portland has actively and consistently sought to catalyze construction of competitive, high speed open platform broadband networks through a variety of initiatives. Included among these are a Broadband RFI (1999), municipal wi-fi, multiple planning phases toward launch of a Portland Community Fiber Network, and recent Council direction to develop an RFP seeking an FTTP network.
  • The right community.
    Portland has documented community enthusiasm, need, interest and demand for an open ultra-high-speed broadband system precisely such as Google proposes; Portland has a unique creative community and numerous local businesses prepared to enthusiastically utilize Google’s visionary platform.
  • The right partnership.
    Portland is committed to collaborate and maximize Google’s investment in order to pioneer creative applications (known and unknown), advance educational opportunities, create jobs, and bridge the digital divide.
  • The right infrastructure.
    We’re “ladder ready” and able to offer Google the substantial cost benefits associated with year round construction availability (due to our mild weather) and up to 80% aerial utility plant. We have a skilled construction workforce ready to go.
  • A visionary partnership.
    We understand the amazing power and opportunity 1 Gbps presents. Our creative nucleus coupled with Google’s vision can create a partnership to advance technology the likes of which has never been seen before.