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Big Interest in Google Broadband Experiment

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.


User comments

Commented by Bret Weller
Posted on 2010-03-30 20:27:54

Ladies & Gentlemen.. Oklahoma City is where it's going.. Not only did we just get an NBA team, We passed an 800million dollar city tax to upgrade our downtown and add key buildings to an already growing city. The nations first, ALL digital Heart Hospital and the largest density of meteorologists in the world! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ILQrUrEWe8 ***Oklahoma has the most "Cell-Phone Only" households in America..*** 1 in 4 Oklahomans ONLY use a cellphone as their main line of communication. We are connected! (See pages 2-3 it Lists ALL 50 states!) http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr014.pdf *Google's CEO preaches Mobile First..* http://www.pcworld.com/article/189554/google_ceo_preaches_mobile_first.html Coupled with the fact that we are centrally located and have access to alternative energy sources like Wind and are one of America's biggest producers of Natural Gas. You boys will just have to wait.. =P Good Luck to EVERYONE!!!


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