Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Lake County joins competition to become site for Google Fiber test project

LAKE COUNTY – Communities, colleges and whole states are trying to woo Google into bringing its fiber project to their areas, and now Lake County has jumped into the competition.


The Lake County Information Technology Department is completing a response to the company's request for information, which is due by 5 p.m. Friday.


In conjunction with that effort, a Facebook page titled “Lake County for Google Fiber” went live Wednesday evening.


The page can be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lake-County-for-Google-Fiber/112982728711959?ref=tsf .


Community members also can separately nominate Lake County to strengthen its selection chances by visiting www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi/public/options .


The Google Fiber experiment is an effort that the company hopes “will make Internet access better and faster for everyone.”


It will include testing ultra-high speed broadband networks with fiber-to-the-home connections in one or more trial locations across the country, with a plan to offer the service at a competitive price at least 50,000 people – and possibly as many as 500,000 people.


Internet speeds used in the trials are expected to be more than one gigabit per second, which Google reported is 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today.


For comparison, Lake County News' Internet connection, when tested by Speedtest.net Wednesday evening, averaged between 6 and 18 megabites per second for download and about 1.4 megabites per second for upload.


The company said it also wants to see how the higher Internet speeds benefit application developers and support fiber networks in other areas.


The Google Fiber project is expected to be similar to the company's citywide WiFi network in Mountain View.


For more information about the project and to view a video about it, visit www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi/ .


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