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|FIRST REPORTED 12:00pm 3/15/10 A Galesburg School District official put the city's efforts to get a certain major internet company to, in a sense, locate here one way.
"Google in Galesburg. Let's make it happen."
District-205 Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Guy Cahill helped a group of local and county officials formalize Monday the city's application to internet powerhouse Google urging them to pick Galesburg to be a test market for what's being called a ultra high-speed internet service -- one Google claims if implemented, could be 100 times faster than what goes to most homes now.
Cahill says if you're a student, an extremely fast internet connection can definitely help you.
"You've just returned home late from school, you've been working four or five hours after working almost eight hours in school, there's a physics assignment that you need to complete but don't understand," Cahill said. "Yet, halfway around the world, is a professor at a university that's online. Because of emerging desk technology, you're able to bring that physics assignment to life because of this high-speed bandwidth opportunity."
City officials also suggested that the opportunities for economic development, and for helping Galesburg grow and stay up with the times, would be endless.
Wouldn't Google's efforts affect other area companies that already provide internet service in the area? Reading from a statement, Garza says he doesn't think so.
"Google will build an open access network which means that the actual fiber can be used by a number of different service providers," Garza said.
City officials admit that they don't know some of the details about what Google will need yet, but they still want residents to go online and nominate Google.
The press conference was in front of the old engine parked behind the Galesburg Railroad Museum. Cahill says that's symbolic of what the city's past is. He says something like Google, could vastly help the city's future.
For more information on "Google in Galesburg," CLICK HERE.
To listen to Monday morning's press conference (with minor edits), CLICK HERE (mp3 format, approximately 10 minutes long).
(Photographer Tom Foley organizes a group photo of attendees at Monday's "press conference" rallying support for "Google in Galesburg.")
(Local residents, students, and city and county officials show support for bringing Google to Galesburg. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
(Graphic courtesy City of Galesburg.)
|03 15 10 by Newsroom
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