West Des Moines Partnering with Google Fiber for Citywide Broadband

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The city of West Des Moines has plans to expand access to broadband.

The city announced Thursday that it has an agreement with Google Fiber to construct an "open access" network for high speed internet providers to serve the entire city at gigabit speed capacity.

Monday, the West Des Moines City Council will take up a license agreement calling for Google to cover a portion of construction costs. The city says it will issue bonds to cover its cost of the project and property taxes will not be increased.

Google is slated to be the first tenant on the open access network.

Construction of the citywide network will begin this fall and is estimated to be finished in approximately 2½ years.

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