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FEDC and FNSB Respond to Google Fiber for Communities Solicitation

The Fairbanks North Star Borough and The Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation have joined forces to respond to Google’s solicitation for a test city to install an ultra high-speed broadband network.  Google is planning to build, and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the country. Delivering Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, think about this as 100 times faster than DSL or cable.  Google will build the infrastructure that supports this ultra high-speed connection, placing the chosen community at the fore-front of cutting edge technology.  This would allow users to stream 3-D images online, or download a feature length film in minutes. 

FEDC will be the lead coordinator of this project and encourages residents of the FNSB to participate by visiting the FEDC website at www.investfairbanks.com where you will find information on how to provide feedback to Google on behalf of our community and information on how to become involved in the campaign.

As this America’s farthest north metropolitan community, we have unique geolocations, challenges, opportunities that offer Google a truly unique test bed of their new system.  This is a remarkable opportunity Google is presenting and Fairbanks and the surrounding communities that will have tremendous benefits for residents, businesses and our community.   Whichever community is chosen, they will have an opportunity for high-tech jobs, business expansion, and a huge economic boost.  Fairbanks is up for the challenge, let’s become the “Fastest Farthest North Community.

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