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Wilmington area joining bid for Google prize

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Posted by Scott Saxton - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Imagine browsing the web at speeds up to 100 times faster than what you have now.

What would you do to get it?

With Google dangling that carrot in front of communities across the country, some cities are getting creative.  You probably have heard of the "Google, Kansas" story that got the creative juices flowing in this competition.  The city of Topeka temporarily changed its name by resolution.

Other communities are getting coming up with ad blitzes, as Google holds a competition to award a community with a high speed Internet connectivity project.

Add New Hanover County and Wilmington to the list.  Commissioners in New Hanover County will vote on a resolution next week to join Wilmington in a push to get Google's attention.  The proposed resolution takes into account Wilmington's history with technological advances.

The city was recently chosen as the first White Spaces project, which uses available analog transmissions to offer WiFi in places like Hugh McRae Park.  Of course, Wilmington was also the first television market to transition to digital television.

The resolution did not state to what lengths the area will go to attract Google's attention.  But, could Google-ton be in our future?

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