CenturyLink makes inroads to Portland; Google Fiber delayed


CenturyLink is taking advantage of its owning Qwest to potentially start offering its services in 2015.

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CenturyLink is taking advantage of its owning Qwest to potentially start offering its services in 2015.

CenturyLink isn’t commenting on its plans, but Portland officials say the company has indicated it could begin offering TV service almost right away.

“They’ll be adding a very robust video product,” said Mary Beth Henry, director of Portland’s office of community technology, who negotiated the franchise with CenturyLink. “I think it’ll be in the first half of 2015.”

Read more at OregonLive.com.

Conversely, Google Fiber’s anticipated launch in the Rose City looks to be hitting snags.

Google said it had hoped to make a decision as to whether it would add the high-speed — 1 gigabyte per second, or 100 times faster than traditional broadband — service to Portland and other areas. Google said late last week it needs more time to decide where to add the service next.

Google had said in February it would work with cities to study factors that would affect the laying out of the fiber-optic network, such as topography (e.g., hills, flood zones), housing density and condition of local infrastructure. The study will determine how many, and which, cities would get the highly coveted service.

Read more at the Portland Business Journal.