Google Fiber is poised to begin construction in Bellevue, Nebraska—a city in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area that had a population of nearly 65,000 as of the 2020 census.
In early October, several local news media covered Google Fiber’s plan to deploy a high-speed network in Bellevue. But unlike with many other new Google Fiber markets, Google did not announce the news in its blog.
The first reference to Bellevue in the Google Fiber blog came on Friday, when Andy Simpson, general manager for Google Fiber’s central region, penned a blog post stating that the company would begin construction in Bellevue this winter.
Simpson noted that Google Fiber has enlisted local Nebraska company ALLO Fiber to build the network and that ALLO is “ready to hit the ground running.”
Simpson also noted that “We’re excited to be working with an innovative, like-minded local company to make it happen.”
Bellevue is a fast growing city, as its population was just over 50,000 as of the 2010 census.
Google Fiber won’t be the only fiber broadband provider in Bellevue. Competitive provider FastWyre also offers service in the city and elsewhere in Nebraska, as well as in five other states.
Local media outlet Omaha World-Herald previously reported that there was no cost to either Google Fiber or the city of Bellevue concerning this license agreement. The city will charge a nominal permit fee for using city right of way for wiring installation.
Google Fiber has been quite aggressive in opening new markets this year.