Google Fiber explores adding fiber-optic Internet to Jacksonville, Tampa

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Google Fiber is set to bring fiber-optic Internet to Jacksonville and Tampa, putting the two communities among select company to share among the fastest Internet in the country.

Less than 10 percent of homes in the U.S. are connected to Internet served over fiber-optic networks. As more cities have access to super-fast fiber networks, entrepreneurs will be better equipped to drive the next wave of innovation.

Along with Oklahoma City, Jacksonville and Tampa have been invited to work with Google to bring Google Fiber to their communities.

These growing tech-hubs have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to small business growth. Their list of accolades is long — from Jacksonville’s title as a top 10 city for tech jobs, to Tampa Bay’s No. 2 spot on the list of best cities for young entrepreneurs, to Oklahoma City’s recognition as the No. 1 place to launch a business.

Google is looking to make sure speed isn’t an accidental ceiling for how people and businesses use the Web.

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