Google delays site selection for project
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Pittsburgh and about 1,100 other communities will now wait until "early 2011" to hear if they'll be home to Google's experimental high-speed Internet network.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based tech company initially had planned an announcement by the end of the year on the Google Fiber project, which will provide one or more communities with an Internet more than 100 times faster than current connections.
The company said in a blog post Wednesday by project director Milo Medin that an overwhelming level of interest in the chance to secure supersonic broadband connections forced the delay.
Towns and cities across the country responded to the experiment with offbeat campaigns.
In Pittsburgh, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl deemed March 26 Google Day as 130 participants spelled "Google" for an aerial photo shoot Downtown.
Speaking at the recent open house for Google's Pittsburgh office in Larimer, Mr. Ravenstahl mentioned the pending Google Fiber application.
"I just wanted to remind you that we're extremely interested in that," he told Google executives.
First Published December 16, 2010 12:00 am