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|College Head Sees No Downside to "Google in Galesburg" Effort
|The president of Carl Sandburg College says he doesn't see anything bad that could come of an effort to get Google to locate a potential high speed internet service in Galesburg.
Tom Schmidt has pledged the college's support toward the so-called "Google in Galesburg" initiative -- an effort that kicked off a week ago to encourage residents and businesses alike to convince the multi-billion dollar Internet company to use the city to be a site for a test internet service the company has said could be 100 times faster than typical internet service.
Schmidt tells WGIL even if Google picked some other city -- like others including Davenport and Peoria -- the chance to compete for such an opportunity seems like a pretty good idea to him.
"The mere process of competing enables you to learn more about what you need to do to be successful the next time," Schmidt said. "To tell you the truth, I think that's the story of our country. We have a history of not being afraid of competing. By competing, you either win, or you get a better idea of what it takes to win. So, I am pumped about this opportunity."
Schmidt says such an ultra high speed internet connection would also enhance CSC's own wireless internet network called "EduNet" which serves most of the K-12 schools in the college's 10-county district, providing them not only internet service but also distance learning opportunities.
The Galesburg School District, however, recently decided not to renew its contract with EduNet, instead opting to use internet service from local phone provider CenturyTel.
The deadline to nominate cities for Google's service is this Friday. For more on "Google in Galesburg," CLICK HERE.
|03 20 10 by Newsroom
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