Longview misses on Google's new network

Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 1:18pm

After seeing Facebook pleas and flash mobs, and even cities temporarily renaming themselves “Google,” the search engine giant announced Wednesday it has chosen Kansas City, Kan. — not Longview — as the first place that will get its new ultra-fast broadband network.

Google announced the city would be the inaugural site for its “Fiber for Communities” program, which it says will be capable of delivering Internet access more than 100 times faster than the home broadband connections provided by phone and cable companies across the U.S.

“That’s great news for Kansas City,” Longview city spokesman Shawn Hara said. The city was among more than 1,100 communities that asked to be a Google test community.

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