Seattle Applying for Google Fiber Network

2/11/10

Seattle mayor Mike McGinn announced today that the city will respond to Google’s request for information from communities across the U.S. that want to partner with Google to build ultra-high-speed fiber broadband networks. The experimental idea is to connect homes to the Internet via ultra-fast fiber optics (100 times faster than a conventional broadband network), and see what effect it has on user behavior and innovation. The Google project plans to offer service to between 50,000 and 500,000 people. The deadline for submitting applications to Google is March 26.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com or call him at 617-252-7323. Follow @

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