PHOENIX – Mesa took another step toward closing its digital-access gap, approving licensing agreements with a handful of high-speed internet providers, including Google Fiber.
The Mesa City Council voted Monday to work with Google, SiFi, Ubiquity and Wyyerd to install fiber optic networks within the public right-of-way.
The East Valley city will become the first in Arizona to offer Google Fiber.
“Reliable high-speed internet is not a luxury – it’s an essential utility like water or electricity. In the way the world operates today, no one can afford to be disconnected, ”Mayor John Giles said in a press release.
Google said it planned to start construction early next year.
It’s official – we’re coming to Mesa, AZ! 🌵
Thank you to the Mayor, Council members, and staff for your vote of confidence. We’re rolling up our sleeves and plan to begin construction by early next year.
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– Google Fiber (@googlefiber) July 12, 2022
Cox Communications and Lumen / Century Link already supply broadband internet service in the city.
Mesa said a survey showed 75% of residents have some form of landline broadband connection while 8% rely on their cellphone data to connect online.
Mesa sent out a national Requests for Information early this year to companies and by April began discussions with the companies that responded, the city said in public documents.
New Jersey-based SiFi described its $ 400 million project as “infrastructure… like no other,” in a press release Tuesday.
Plans are for all the cables to be buried using microtrenching, a less disruptive method of digging deep and narrow cuts into streets.
“It’s been a priority to increase connectivity throughout the city. I am proud of the many initiatives and innovative internet access solutions Mesa is implementing to propel the city into the future, ”Giles said.