By : Chris Tribbey | Posted: 29 Mar 2010
Google says more than 1,100 American communities have expressed interest in the company’s high-speed broadband experiment, which would offer 1GB per second fiber Internet connections, 100 times faster than what’s currently available to consumers.
In the company’s blog, project manager James Kelly also wrote that more than 194,000 individuals contacted the company for more information.
“We're thrilled to see this kind of excitement, and we want to humbly thank each and every community and individual for taking the time to participate,” Kelly wrote. “This enthusiasm is much bigger than Google and our experimental network. If one message has come through loud and clear, it's this: People across the country are hungry for better and faster Internet access.”
Communities held Google rallies and created YouTube videos to express their interest, and Topeka, Kan., changed its name to Google for the month of March. Sarasota, Fla., mayor Richard Clapp swam with sharks March 17 to get Google’s attention, according to media reports.
After narrowing down its choices, Google will conduct site visits and meet with local officials in the communities that will get the broadband. The final list of communities should be announced by the end of the year, Kelly wrote.
“Of course, we're not going to be able to build in every interested community — our plan is to reach a total of at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people with this experiment,” Kelly wrote.