It's been five months since Google announced plans to transform the country's broadband landscape with an experimental, ultra high-speed network.

So far, the search engine giant hasn't chosen the lucky target community or communities. But this week, Google launched its "Fiber for Communities" website to keep users up to speed on the progress of the project.

"We set up this site to thank you for your enthusiasm, to share our experiences as we move forward with our project, and to provide additional resources for anyone interested in ultra high-speed Internet access," the site said.

This past spring, the communities across the country went crazy for the idea of Google's 1 GB per second fiber Internet: mayors swam with sharks, cities changed their names and spoof videos hit the Web. In total, 1,100 communities and nearly 200,000 individuals responded for a chance to become Google's test site.

"Over the coming months, we'll be reviewing the responses to determine where to build," James Kelly, product manager, wrote in a Google blog post in March. "As we narrow down our choices, we'll be conducting site visits, meeting with local officials and consulting with third-party organizations. Based on a rigorous review of the data, we will announce our target community or communities by the end of the year."


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Russell Nichols  |  Staff Writer