PORTLAND -- Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tigard and Hillsboro are on a short list of 34 cities nationwide that may get access to the ultra-high speed Google Fiber broadband network.

Google announced the potential candidates for Google Fiber Wednesday morning, prompting Portland Mayor Charlie Hales to happily announce the news in a press release.

Google is looking for communities that serve as hubs for innovation. And that s Portland, Hales said. Our culture of creativity and coalition-building makes this the ideal spot for ultra-high-speed broadband.

Kevin Lo, general manager of Google Fiber, said the company will work closely with city leaders on a joint planning process to explore what it would take to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering these gigabit speeds.

Google will provide an update on which cities will get Google Fiber by the end of this year, Lo said.

Google Fiber is an Internet and TV service that provides Internet connectivity that is up to 100 times faster than the basic broadband, along with hundreds of HD TV channels.

Google Fiber currently is available in Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri and Provo Utah, and will be available in Austin, Texas later this year.

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