Newsom asks supes to support new Google broadband project 

Mayor Gavin Newsom called on the board of supervisors to set aside politics and instead support a framework to invest in a fiber broadband network.

Newsom said he met with Supervisor David Chiu, president of the Board of Supervisors, to begin conversations about working with companies like Google, which is currently looking to partner with communities across the country to establish fiber broadband internet.

Newsom pointed to failed efforts in the past to blanket the city with free wireless, saying the deal was derailed by politics.

With that in mind, Newsom said San Francisco and the Board of Supervisors need to send a message to companies like Google, showing a commitment to embracing this progressive technology.

“If we can do that let’s put a proposal up, if we can’t I’m not going to go forward with a proposal and watch this thing blow up,” Newsom said. “I need to know if the board of supervisors is interested in this because if they are not then we should wish our neighbors good luck because they will be the beneficiary of this.”

The City’s technology committee meets Thursday morning to discuss Google’s request for information.

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