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Posted: Friday, March 19, 2010 12:00 pm

By Taylor Short

The Cove Herald

The Central Texas Council of Governments is asking for residents' help to make the area a test community for Google's recently announced ultra high-speed broadband network.

The technology named "Fiber for Communities" boasts Internet speeds of more than 1 gigabyte per second - more than 100 times faster than most connections available today.

Copperas Cove City Manager Andrea Gardner said an especially tech-savvy Temple resident contacted Belton City Manager Sam Listi about the announcement of the Google request for information.

Gardner said Listi e-mailed the city managers in Temple, Copperas Cove, Belton, Harker Heights and Killeen to see who was interested.

At a meeting March 5, the city officials agreed to apply to the request as a region through the Central Texas Council of Governments instead of a city because of the 50,000 population requirement.

"I did do the first press release to get the word out because my understanding is that our chances are greatly increased if Google hears from a large population of the citizenry," she said.

Gardner said residents who choose to recommend the area to Google should indicate that they live in the Central Texas Council of Governments area to match the official application to Google.

Residents can visit google.com/appserve/fiberrfi, click "Get Involved" then nominate CTCOG by completing a form.

The deadline to vote for the area is March 26.

"Obviously there's not a whole lot of competitions as far as broadband capabilities are concerned, so this would give the citizens another option for service," Gardner said. "Of course, you always have the improved public safety benefit from anything like that because of Fort Hood being so close to the city."

Contact Taylor Short at

tshort@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcove.

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