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News 12-14-12 05:10 AM

Seattle announces its own gigabit Internet service
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-conten...s-640x1058.jpg This map only shows some parts of the city that Seattle Gigabit aims to serve.
Gigabit Seattle

One day after Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, proclaimed Google Fiber was "not an experiment," the Emerald City decided that it too wants in on some of that sweet gigabit speed.

On Thursday, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announcedthe city reached an agreement with Gigabit Squared and the University of Washington to bring 1 Gbps connections, taking advantage of the city's own underused fiber. Seattle abandoned its plan for a municipal network last summer. A connected city wireless network, which would obviously be slower, is also in the works.

'The plan will begin with a demonstration fiber project in twelve Seattle neighborhoods and includes wireless methods to deploy services more quickly to other areas,' the city wrote in an online statement.

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