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Evanston: Pick us, Google!

Official Evanston projected its dreams for the future onto the search giant Google this afternoon, with a high-speed-fiber love fest at the Civic Center.

Official Evanston projected its dreams for the future onto the search giant Google this afternoon, with a high-speed-fiber love fest at the Civic Center.

District 65 School Superintendent Hardy Murphy brought students from Chute Middle School to stand by him as he proclaimed how gigabit fiber optic service would let students have the same access to the web at the home that they now have at school.

District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon, by contrast, said the proposed Google service would let the school upgrade overtaxed internet lines within the high school building itself that students now consider lame, because they have better connections at home.

Sean O'Grady, a vice president at Evanston Hospital, said it would enable patient-doctor video conferences and remote diagnosis, so several physicians could consult on a patient's condition without having to be in the same building.

Northwestern University Provost Dan Linzer said the university already has high speed access on campus — but the expanded access off-campus would be a boon to students and researchers.

Human creativity takes advantage of technological breakthroughs "in ways we can't imagine," Linzer added, predicting that the new technology would help people "achieve exciting goals together."

And the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, Jonathan Perman, said quality broadband internet access is one of the prime selling points for new businesses moving to town.

Superior internet access could be a termendous stimulus to economic development, Perman said.

Google is asking cities around the nation to indicate whether they want to be the site of a test of internet service at least 50 times faster than what's available now in Evanston, and dozens, if not hundreds, of towns have indicated they plan to respond by the deadline this Friday.

Residents who'd like to support Evanston's pitch can nominate the town by completing a form linked from the city's website.

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