Google’s plans would include connection speeds 100 times faster than today’s connections, and they could be key for rural colleges hoping to expand broadband web access to students and faculty.

The demand for more broadband connections was evident in August 2009, when the federal government announced it had received requests for nearly $28 billion from groups that want to expand high-speed internet service in the United States.

The total requests outstripped available broadband stimulus funds seven to one.


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