Counties Wooing Google

According to the Gazette, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and the cities of Baltimore and Rockville are among the Maryland jurisdictions courting Internet giant Google and its new ultra high-speed network. The counties and cities plan to file requests for information by today to attract a pilot launch of the service.

The fiber optics network will be able to provide Internet access at speeds some 100 times faster than most Internet systems, at more than 1 gigabit per second, Google executives said in a statement. The faster speed could help cities and counties attract more businesses, especially e-commerce and other high-tech companies that want the more powerful networks.

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