Santa Clara Chosen for Google Gigabit Community Feasibility Study; Fiber
Service Would Make Local Internet 100 Times Faster
Silicon Valley Power Fiber Network Gives Santa Clara Head Start Toward
Citywide Ultra High-Speed Internet Access
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- February 19, 2014
The City of Santa Clara is one of six California cities chosen by Google to
explore the possibility of bringing citywide ultra high-speed Google Fiber
access to its residents. The service would make Internet connections up to 100
times faster than the basic broadband used by most online users.
Ultra high-speed connections make a video call with a loved one, a business
conference with a client, watching a movie or playing an online game
instantaneous, with little or no buffering or video delay.
“This is an exciting extension of the Silicon Valley Power fiber network our
city has been developing for the last 15 years,” said Santa Clara Mayor Jamie
L. Matthews. Silicon Valley Power (SVP), the city’s municipal electric
utility, already provides a state-of-the-art fiber optic network to
businesses, city facilities and schools under the SVP Fiber Enterprise.
“With a company like Google exploring the options with us, we are optimistic
that our built-in fiber capabilities and our experienced SVP Fiber Enterprise
professionals will make the transition to a Google Gigabit community a reality
for Santa Clara,” said Santa Clara City Manager Julio J. Fuentes.
Fiber-enabled “Gigabit” Internet connections feature speeds of up to 1,000
Megabits of data per second, about 100 times the average basic speed of 9.8
Megabits per second common for existing high-speed service. The higher speed
allows no-wait Internet interaction for users, a convenience as well as an
economic boost for a city.
“Communities with abundant high-speed Internet grow stronger because there’s
greater potential to create jobs, drive economic growth, and help students and
families get access to essential resources,” said Kevin Lo, General Manager
for Google Fiber.
Google has worked with several cities in Missouri, Kansas, Texas and Utah to
provide them with gigabit access speeds.
“In surveys, our customers have consistently expressed interest in premium
Internet service and convenient online access,” said Larry Owens, SVP Manager
of Customer Services. “Last year we were among the first cities in the nation
to provide free citywide outdoor Wi-Fi access through our advanced metering
technology, SVP MeterConnect. We will now do all we can to leverage our
state-of-the-art SVP Fiber Enterprise network with Google’s expertise to move
Santa Clara further to the forefront of municipal Internet connectivity.”
About Silicon Valley Power
Silicon Valley Power is the trademark adopted for use by the not-for-profit
electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA serving residents and businesses
for over 100 years. SVP provides power to more than 50,000 customers,
including Applied Materials, Intel, Owens Corning, Agilent, Nvidia and Oracle,
at rates 15 to 45 percent below neighboring communities.
Silicon Valley Power
Larry Owens, 408-621-5873
lowens (at) svpower.com
Tom Mertens, 408-234-6881
Tom (at) dystrick.com
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