Google’s super-fast Internet service could come to Los Angeles – Los Angeles Times

Internet providers used to battle one another for access to a city, agreeing to a host of demands that often included assurances that the provider would serve the poorest neighborhoods.

Then came Google Fiber and its brand cachet, which turned the tables by asking city governments what they were willing to do to be chosen for the tech giant’s ultra-fast Internet. More than a thousand cities have obliged.

Los Angeles appears to be following that same path now that the city has been added to Google Fiber’s list of 17 new markets to which it’s working to expand.

The announcement Tuesday, which provided scant details, comes only a day after AT&T said it would expand its equivalent of super-fast broadband service into 38 additional cities, including parts of L.A.

To better qualify for Google Fiber, L.A. will have to adhere to a checklist developed by the company that includes “efficient and predictable” permitting, access to city property for network hubs and the appointment of a person to deal directly with the company. The goal is to streamline the process to reduce the risk that a city may not be ready.

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