More than the weather is hot in Murfreesboro, Tennessee as a second fiber provider has made significant broadband news there in a week. Yesterday, FTTH provider Google Fiber said that it was approved for a license agreement.

The project, which was announced in a post by Google Fiber Government and Community Affairs Manager Ryun Jackson, is starting with network design. Construction is slated to begin early in 2024, with some subscribers getting service later in the year.

The Murfreesboro area will be competitive. Just one week before the Google Fiber news, regional provider United Communications said that it will invest $85 million to reach 77,000 locations in the community. Those locations belong to members of the Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE), an electric cooperative. United Communication is the broadband unit of MTE.

The Google Fiber Murfreesboro project will add 1,400 route miles of fiber and be capable of providing multi-gigabit service to residential and business customers. 

Finding broadband apparently isn’t a problem in Murfreesboro, which Google Fiber says is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. According to BroadbandNow, the city also is served by Xfinity, AT&T Internet, T-Mobile 5G Home Internet, Verizon, Viasat, HughesNet, Starlink and others.

Google Fiber is no stranger to The Volunteer State. In May, the company said that it would deploy a network in Franklin. The company said that private investment in the project would be $874 million.

Just a few days before the Google Fiber Murfreesboro news, the company said it had been approved to deploy a network in Wheat Ridge, CO.

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