Google Fiber is coming to Belmar in late 2024. Google Fiber is a broadband internet service. Its service is notable because of its high speed, running up to 1000 Mbps, with a friend month-to-month, all-inclusive pricing program.
ARTICLE FROM THE DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL – Cassidy Ritter, Reporter and Colorado Inno Editor, Denver Business Journal, Jan 25, 2024.
Google’s internet provider is expanding its footprint in the region with a new office.
Google Fiber, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL), signed a new 13,000-square-foot lease in downtown Lakewood at mixed-use development Belmar.
This office will consolidate Google Fiber’s Thornton team and the company’s Denver Webpass team, which primarily serves multi-unit properties like condos and apartments by using radio signals rather than fiber networks. Google declined to say how many employees work at these two offices.
Alberto Garcia, government and community affairs manager for Google Fiber in Colorado, Utah and Idaho, said the company doesn’t know how many employees will be based out of this new space either.
“We don’t have the exact numbers that are going to be there, but it is going to be an exciting opportunity for both our Google Fiber and our Webpass team to all be located in the same area,” he said. “The design itself is going to be the Google standards, which is not your traditional office setting. … Google really prides itself on collaborative workspaces.”
In addition to collaborative workspaces and hot desks, the space will feature smaller offices and phone booths.
The new office, which will house everyone from tech ops and sales to administration and policy leaders, is expected to open in October.
“We couldn’t be more excited that Google has chosen Lakewood for their new office,” Lakewood Mayor Wendi Strom said in a statement. “Google’s decision to put down roots here with us shows just how effective the combination of Lakewood’s strong local economy, desire to be business friendly, and collaborative efforts of the city of Lakewood’s economic development team can be.”
Google declined to share details of the lease but said in an email it is “committed to building and expanding” its network in Colorado, adding that the new lease in Lakewood shows its commitment to “plant roots and grow in the Denver metro area and beyond.”
Google Fiber announced plans to expand into Colorado in August 2022, three months later announcing Lakewood as the first Colorado city to receive the company’s fiber optic-based services. Lakewood’s agreement with Google Fiber stems from a 2019 city ballot question, through which residents authorized the city to explore options to improve its broadband offerings.
“When Google comes into a market, [it] brings fast service, makes it affordable, and gives people another option for internet service,” Garcia said. “We’re really excited about the opportunity to bring that throughout the Front Range.”
Google Fiber construction in Lakewood is underway. It is expected to take several years before the work is complete with services becoming available as the company completes segments of the network, according to previous DBJ coverage.
“Google Fiber is fast, but network construction is … well, we’ll go as fast as we can while prioritizing safety and minimizing disruption to traffic and to neighborhoods,” Sasha Petrovic, Google Fiber’s southwest region general manager, said in a November 2022 release.
Lakewood customers can anticipate fiber optic services to begin by the end of the summer, Garcia said.
Google Fiber also has plans to roll out its services in Golden, Westminster, and Wheat Ridge.
“When we signed [with] Lakewood, Google Fiber put out a note that Colorado is one of our target markets and we are looking at a lot of different areas all around the metro region, all around the state,” Garcia said. “We do have expansion plans. We are talking to other communities and look forward to continuing to expand to other areas and provide these services.”
Google Fiber isn’t the only service provider offering fiber optic-based internet services in Littleton Lumen Technologies announced plans last January to add its multigig fiber internet services to Sterling Ranch, a massive, master-planned community in Littleton.