POSTED: Monday, March 15, 2010 - 10:08am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 3:18am
The City of Longview wants to be selected for the "Google Fiber for Communities" internet project. Google is planning to build and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. Google claims they will offer service at a competitive price that will deliver internet speeds of over 1 gigabit per second, which is more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today.
Through March 26, Google is asking interested municipalities to provide information about their communities through a Request for Information, which Google will use to determine where to build the network. There is no cost to the City of Longview to apply.
A critical part of the application process is support from the local community. As such, the City of Longview asks residents, businesses, and community organizations to tell Google why Longview would be a great choice as a trial location. To help with the project, residents are encouraged to visit www.ChooseLongviewForGoogleFiber.com  . Through the website, people may submit a residential support statement to Google, join a related Facebook page, follow information on Twitter, and more.
The application and any statements of support from the community must be completed and submitted online by 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 26.
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