Gig speeds benefit Phoenix; having two providers is great, but three is better

Internet speeds are available that are 100 times faster than what the average household in America has today.

We, in the city of Phoenix, are very fortunate to have two local telecommunication providers – Cox Communications and CenturyLink – bringing gig speeds to our neighborhoods and businesses. Now, the city of Phoenix has approved a third provider: Google Fiber.

Sal DiCiccio

Sal DiCiccio

There is growing evidence in communities around the country where gig speeds are available today, that access to these super-fast Internet speeds is having a positive economic impact and creating a key quality of life advantage that is attracting businesses and people to move to and invest in those communities. I recently read that Chattanooga, a city with gig speed availability, has attracted new employers such as Volkswagen and Amazon.

Gig speeds enhance Phoenix’s economic growth by creating greater access to technology, fueling entrepreneurial businesses for advanced tele-medicine applications for better, more cost-effective health care at home and for improved access to online education. The bottom line is that gig speeds empower business to create new and better paying jobs.

These speeds also improve our quality of life as we download movies, music, games and books in seconds rather than minutes, and in minutes rather than hours. We will literally have our online questions answered before we even finished typing them in the search engine.

I was proud to vote “yes” on approving the Google Fiber license which will allow them to bring their video and broadband service to Phoenix.

Competitive choice is great and the prospect of adding Google Fiber Internet services to your choice of providers is just another innovative way to serve our citizens. But even if they don’t end up choosing Phoenix, we are fortunate to be one of the few cities in America that already have gig speeds from our current providers.

In our world today, faster is better, and having gig internet speeds is giving Phoenix a great opportunity to improve the quality of life for our residents and drive economic development in our community.

Mr. DiCiccio represents District 6 on Phoenix City Council

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