Friday, March 12, 2010

Help South Bend Get Google

Google recently issued a call for cities and towns across the country to apply to be considered for a planned test of one-gigabit fiber optic broadband service to between 50,000 and 500,000 homes. South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph County are answering the call, coordinating a regional response through Project Future, the local economic development organization.

Google is looking for local governments willing to facilitate the installation of a broadband network with speeds averaging 100 times faster than those commonly available to residential customers. This will be a highly competitive process with hundreds of communities trying to win Google’s attention. Local officials believe factors already in place here can move South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph County to the head of the list.

A portion of Google's Request for Information focuses upon a community's Internet needs and interests.  Project Future has developed a survey to gauge these interests. The results will then be included in the response to Google.

We encourage you to help in this community effort by participating in the brief survey anytime between now and Friday, March 19. It should take you less than 10 minutes to complete it. To find the survey, just click on this link or on the link above.

Thank you for participating in this exciting opportunity for our community!

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