Gigabit fiber optic internet network construction begins in downtown Eugene

Mayor Lucy Vinnis (at right) takes part in a "fiber lighting ceremony" on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - The City of Eugene and public and private partners celebrated the start of work on a publicly owned fiber optic network downtown with a "fiber lighting ceremony" Tuesday.

As the network comes on line over the coming year, 120 buildings in downtown will have the option to purchase high-speed internet service.

How fast? One member of the local tech industry said gigabit internet is fast enough to download 2 full Blu-ray movies in 8 seconds.

Companies in the technology sector expect to be able to grow their businesses - and workforce.

Last week, Mozilla named Eugene the West Coast's first Gigabit City. The designation lends credibility - and some cash - to support connecting the tech industry and the community.

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