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Demand for Google's broadband skyrockets in the United States
The mayor of Sarasota, Florida, swam with sharks. Why? To ask Google to improve its bandwidth.
More than 1,100 cities and towns have asked Google to speed up their Internet connections as part of the company's “Google Fiber” project. The search engine claims it will build the infrastructure to provide affordable ultra-fast speed Internet connections in one or more communities, in the hopes of serving between 50,000 and 500,000 people. Google plans to choose the winning community or communities by the end of the year.
The Mountain View, California company thanked mayors across the country for submitting such "formidable and creative" requests for the experimental network to be built in their cities.
“We are delighted to see this enthusiasm and we want to humbly thank each and every community and individual for participating,” wrote project manager James Kelly on the Google blog. "If one message has become clear, it is that people across the country yearn for better and faster Internet access."
Google claims that your connection will be hundreds of times faster than current average internet access speeds in the US with transfer rates of 1 gigabit per second. Google hopes to achieve that speed by bringing fiber optic cables directly to people's homes.
The nation's average broadband speed is ranked 18th globally, according to a recent Akamai report. South Korea is the world leader. Countries like Iceland, Latvia, and Slovakia were shown to have faster connection speeds than the US.
In addition to the 1,100 official requests from the communities, more than 194,000 individuals wrote to Google requesting the installation of faster connections in their areas.