The City of Wilmington, in partnership with New Hanover County, is applying to be a trial location for a new Google project – Google Fiber for Communities. City Council passed a resolution expressing support for the project at their March 23 meeting.
Google Fiber is a project whose purpose is to create an ultra-high speed fiber network to residences. Google has said that their fiber optic network speed would be 10 to 100 times faster than what is currently available and it would be competitively priced.
This will continue the Wilmington area’s trend of testing innovative technology. Previous examples are the digital switch, for which Wilmington was the first major city to switch from analog to digital-only broadcasting, as well as the more recent white-space initiative, which is testing using the old TV spectrum for wireless internet connectivity.
This application has two parts – the first part is the joint City/County application and the second part is community-submitted support. If you are interested in learning more about the Google Fiber project, check out Google's project overview, or contact the city's webmaster at 910.342.2787.
Google will announce areas selected for the trial later this year.