Evanston has plenty of competition to be chosen as a site for Google’s ultra high speed fiber optic network test. The company’s blog says 1,100 towns submitted applications by the Friday deadline.

More than five hundred of those were submitted on the last day.

The company says more than 194,000 responses from individuals were submitted as well, all but a few thousand of those before the final day.

The blog post says the response has already achieved one goal of the project — demonstrating that there’s strong desire across the country for better and faster internet access.

The company says it plans to announce which town or towns it will build the test project in by the end of the year, after “conducting site visits, meeting with local officials and consulting with third-party organizations.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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