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A Google subsidiary wants to offer fiber-optic internet service in Colorado Springs next year if the company can reach an agreement with Colorado Springs Utilities to lease its planned network.

Google Fiber, owned by Alphabet, the parent company of Google, will become the second tenant on its 2,000-mile network of Utilities, which is expected to start this summer and be available to its first residential customers early next year. Ting Internet became the number one tenant when it signed a 25-year lease late last year, which allowed the utilities to speed construction from 15 years to six years and help offset some of its $100 million annual construction costs.

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“We think residents there (Colorado Springs) have a huge demand for super-fast broadband service,” said Mark Strama, general manager of expansion at Google Fiber. “We think it’s an environment where our service is well received.” “We want high-speed Internet that is affordable and widely available and we believe that people will respond well to our offer. Colorado Springs Utilities has accelerated the availability of high-speed Internet through this investment.”

“Many” Internet providers are interested in leasing a portion of the network, said Brian Wortinger, director of the utilities’ fiber optics and telecommunications corporation, but declined to say how many or how many. He expects leases from service providers such as Ting and Google to offset a “significant portion”, if not fully offset, of the cost of building the network. The utilities plan to solicit bids later this week from the contractors who will build the network.

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“We hope to reach an agreement with all interested parties” who want to provide Internet service on the utility network, Wurtinger said. “We will evaluate each one to see what best serves our customers. We are happy to have as many as we can come up with (a lease) as it reduces the cost of construction. The cost of building the network is significant, but the cost of adding fiber per tenant is much lower.”

Utilities have operated an indoor fiber network for 30 years, and are expanding that network to help them better monitor and provide water and energy to their customers. The city-owned operation has signed leases to Ting and other Internet service providers to help pay for construction costs and make high-speed Internet access available to private and business customers across the city.

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Google Fiber has been providing fiber-based internet service in 12 cities in nine states since launching the service in Kansas City, Missouri, and Provo, Utah, a decade ago. The internet unit expanded to nine more cities in four years before slowing its expansion in 2016, and earlier this year it added Des Moines, Iowa — its first new market in six years. The company also provides high-speed wireless Internet to office buildings and apartment complexes in Denver and eight other cities in six states.

Strama said the company began looking at expansion about a year ago after spending five years focusing on operations in the first 11 cities. About a year ago, Google Fiber began researching potential expansion sites, including Colorado Springs. He said the company plans to hire “dozens of people” in Colorado Springs to handle installation, repair, sales, service and other roles for local customers.

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Texas-based Underline Infrastructure is building fiber-optic networks in Colorado Springs and a fountain that will provide download and upload speeds of up to 100 Gbps. The company hopes to connect its first customer in Colorado Springs by early May and begin building the Fountain Network next week. Underline’s Colorado Springs network will compete directly with Colorado Springs Utilities.

Google Fiber charges $70 per month for 1 Gbps download and upload service and $100 per month for 2 Gbps service with no additional monthly modem fee. Corporate rates are $100 for a 1Gbps service and $250 for a 2Gbps service. This fee is somewhat lower than the current internet providers for a similar service but is $5 more than the cost of the Underline service.

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“By bringing competition into the market, customers will get better prices and faster (internet) speeds. This applies not only to our customers but also to customers of our competitors who will also get better prices and faster speeds,” Strama said.