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Will Topeka Pioneer Google's Superfast Internet?

Think Big Topeka

A screen capture of the ThinkBigTopeka site, which argues for the Kansas city as a testbed for Google's superfast new Interent service.ThinkBigTopeka.com

TOPEKA, Kan. – A campaign to make Topeka a test site for a new, ultrafast Internet service is gathering speed.

Google announced plans Feb. 10 to build and test new high-speed broadband networks in one or more places around the country. The company says the system of fiber-optic cables would deliver Internet connections 100 times faster than most systems now available.

Over the past week, Topeka city officials have announced they're completing Google's request for information from potential trial communities. The City Council has indicated that it's behind the effort.

And a group called "Think Big Topeka" is campaigning to build community and government support.

The group's Web site asks visitors to "imagine Topeka as a technology hot spot. A place where citizens, schools and businesses have unparalleled access to an Internet connection so powerful they’re able to make daily life more efficient, just by residing here. Where, instead of waiting minutes or hours for a file to download or a video to load, it would occur in seconds, allowing technology to take us places we’ve never even imagined before. With Google’s Fiber Experiment, this is all completely possible."

 Google has given communities a March 26 deadline to submit the completed requests for information.