- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Representatives from Google will meet with Native Americans at a forum on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of bringing the company’s high-speed Internet service to the Phoenix area.

Native Connections CEO Diana Devine, who is hosting the forum, says Native Americans may use the opportunity to ask about job prospects at Google and the service’s cost.

Google Fiber boasts speeds of up to 100 times faster than the average household’s Internet speed. The service is available in Kansas City and Provo, Utah, and Google is considering 34 other cities for expansion, including Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Chief Information Officer Brad Hartig says Google Fiber could attract businesses to the area and prompt Internet service providers to offer faster, more affordable services.

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