SLO folks gaga over faster Google

Some in San Luis Obispo want the city to formally apply to become a trial location for Google’s recently announced fiber-optic experiment.

Google says the ultra-high-speed broadband network would provide Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what currently exist. In its description of the concept, Google said such a network would allow someone living in a rural area to discuss a medical condition with a specialist in New York while streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the Web. As other examples of how such a network would work, high-definition, full-length feature films could be downloaded in less than five minutes; and students at colleges around the world could watch live three-dimensional video of a university lecture.

“We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections,” Google said in its announcement of the project. “We’ll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000, and potentially up to 500,000 people.”Click here to find out more!

A request-for-information period opened Feb. 10 and will close March 26, Google said. Municipal governments as well as the public can apply.

The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce has offered to partner with the city to apply for the Google trial — saying that it will be a powerful tool for local economic development and could potentially attract more entrepreneurs to the area.

City Manager Katie Lichtig said San Luis Obispo is looking into the experiment and will move forward with the application if it proves to benefit the community.

More than 1,200 people have already voiced support for the plan on a Facebook page entitled “Bring Google Fiber to San Luis Obispo.”

— AnnMarie Cornejo