Google announced it is delaying its decision to select a community to receive a high speed internet connection for their residents. Google promised to select winning proposals to provide 1 gigabit per second connections by the end of 2010. With only a few weeks left in the year, Google said it is deferring the decision due to the overwhelming response it received from communities across the country.
Residents, businesses, and politicians lobbied for their communities, and staged a number of publicity stunts to garner the attention of Google executives. The bidding closed last March, after Google received applications from 1,100 communities and 194,000 individuals.
The update comes almost two months after Google signed a contract with Stanford University to build a broadband network with speeds of up to 1 Gbps for 850 homes owned by faculty and staff on the campus.
Milo Medin, Vice President, Access Services, stated in a blog post on the company's website: "We're sorry for this delay, but we want to make sure we get this right. To be clear, we're not re-opening our selection process--we simply need more time to decide than we'd anticipated. Stay tuned for an announcement in early 2011."