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Help Make DC a GOOGLE FIBER Test City

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Google is in the midst of vetting communities for trials of the world’s fastest Internet service. Here’s how to make sure Washington is one of them.

The recently announced “Google Fiber for Communities” initiative would see a select few towns and cities worldwide turned into pilot sites for 1 gigabit a second internet service. Until March 26th, the tech giant is accepting pitches from both residents and community organizations to plead the case for their hometowns. For Washington residents, that means getting your local ANC or City Councilmember to submit a proposal online or personally submitting an application. (The ANC 6C is already on the case, so Capitol Hill residents take note.)

There are no perceptible downsides to Google’s plan (except for the inevitable rash of internet addict relapses). Project reps are promising that Google Fiber will be completely “open access” to all area service providers and result in ”faster and better Internet for everyone.” For a more thorough explanation of the plan read Google’s synopsis below and put the good word in for Washington at the project’s homepage here.

Google Fiber for Communities

Google is planning to launch an experiment that we hope will make Internet access better and faster for everyone. We plan to test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country. Our networks will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today, over 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We’ll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

From now until March 26th, we’re asking interested municipalities to provide us with information about their communities through a Request for information (RFI), which we’ll use to determine where to build our network.

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