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Google Fiber could be coming to Nashville

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

There's some big news when it comes to the way people in Nashville get on the Internet. Google announced Wednesday that Music City is in the running to get the ultra-high speed broadband service called Google Fiber.

Google said it is studying dozens of cities along with Nashville - including Atlanta, Charlotte, Phoenix and Portland, OR - for factors like topography, housing density and the condition of local infrastructure.

According to a blog from the company, "Portland, Nashville and dozens of others have made high-speed broadband a pillar of their economic development plans."

"It's just another feather in the cap of the 'It City.' It's a good thing," said Mayor Karl Dean.

And companies like Google are taking notice.

"We can all agree that Nashville is the intersection of technology and music," said Matt Dunne, with Google Community Affairs.

The candidate cities will be giving Google maps of existing conduit, water, gas and electricity lines so the company can see where fiber could be placed.

"We are launching our own process to do an analysis of the city to make sure this is the right place to deploy," Dunne said.

Google Fiber provides record Internet speed directly to your home.

"It's 100-times faster than basic broadband as we know it," Dunne said.

Dean met with a Google representative Wednesday shortly after the company made the announcement that Nashville is on the short list of cities.

"We are just celebrating the fact that we got in, we made the cut and we are on the list of cities," Dean said. "I'm thrilled."

Company reps said if Nashville is chosen, they don't plan to ask for any incentives from the city, which is something the mayor said is a win-win for residents.

"Google can come into the market whether we invite them or not, but we are inviting Google into the market, and we're saying we are willing to work with them," Dean said. "But there is no government payment or incentive as part of this."

The company says it hopes to announce the cities chosen for the expansion by the end of 2014, and if Nashville is chosen, you could see Google Fiber sometime in 2015.

Still, installing fiber Internet service is no easy task. Technicians would have to run special cable to every house that needs Google service.

You can stay updated on the progress by visiting the Google Fiber blog here.

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