04/20/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Google To Wire LA?: City Pursues Broadband Offer

Three months after making Google the official e-mail provider at city offices, Los Angeles is preparing to respond to the technology company's request for information about deploying an experimental broadband Internet service.

Google announced Feb. 10 that it would construct and test a high-speed fiber optic network that could serve between 50,000 and 500,000 people. The company is seeking applications from interested municipalities and communities until March 26.

Consumers in the selected community or communities would be able to register for Google's service, which would provide connection speeds of one gigabit per second at a cost to Google of about $1 billion, industry analysts say.

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