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April 9th, 2010
City makes bid for Google experiment

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The City of San Marcos Technology Services Department has submitted information to Google to be a trial city for an ultra-high speed broadband network that could deliver Internet services 100 times faster than current networks.

Google is a California-based company that hosts and develops Internet-based services and products across the globe.

“We believe that San Marcos, with our location, a major university and our highly creative residents, would offer an ideal site for Google’s experiment,” said Richard Stankiewicz, the city’s director of technology services.

Stankiewicz said he encourages interested local residents to support the bid through their own creative outreach on social media such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

“I would anticipate Google’s own search engine will grab any additional information posted on the Internet that supports San Marcos’ bid,” Stankiewicz said.

The San Marcos City Council adopted a resolution on March 23 authorizing the submission of a Request for Information (RFI) to Google. The city’s RFI was sent in by the March 26 deadline.

Google has announced an experiment to build and test high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the nation. The pilot would offer Internet speeds at one gigabit per second and fiber to home connections at a competitive price.

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