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VIDEO: Councilman Midkiff To Propose Google Fiber Project Consideration

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News and Features - Washington, Missouri Government
Tuesday, 16 February 2010

City Hall in Washington, MissouriOn February 10, 2010, Google announced a project to "build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States."  In that project, Internet connectivity will be delivered to homes via fiber connections at speeds of one gigabit per second -- a speed "100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today", according to Google.

By shortening the time it takes to complete bandwidth intensive tasks -- such as downloading a purchased movie -- a fiber connection would change the way many people use the Internet.  This potentially includes ideas that are not currently practical with today's Internet connection speeds.  In fact, part of Google's goal with the project is to "allow applications that would be impossible today."

Councilman Guy Midkiff has indicated that at tonight's City Council meeting he plans to bring up for discussion the idea that Washington, Missouri should submit itself for consideration for the Google Fiber project.

Google is currently accepting "Requests for information" (RFI).  In those RFIs, state, county and city entities that wish to be considered for the project submit details including information on demographics, existing infrastructure, local regulatory environment and proposed uses for the technology.  The deadline for RFI submission is March 26, 2010.

The video below, which was created by Google, further describes the project:

To read more on the Google Fiber project, visit the project website here:


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