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Hawaii pitching Google for super-fast Internet

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By Jim Mendoza - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - When it comes to internet speed, Google's ready for a quantum leap.

The company's Gigabit Broadband Project will install fiber optics in fifty communities around the nation.

"With that kind of bandwidth we could do life-size high-definition videos," said Dan Leuck, CEO of hi-tech firm IKAYZO.

Leuck and other techies are behind a petition to get Google's attention and choose Hawaii. The change would boost Hawaii's internet speed a hundred times.

"What this super-fast internet will do will really enable people to work anywhere on the island. Kids can communicate in real time with kids around the world to really learn about the global society that we live in," said Bruce Campbell of Hawaii Green IT.

The applications are endless, from on-line education to tele-commuting to teleconferencing to downloading high-def movies in minutes.

"People could collaborate more easily. You could educate people more easily. You could do a lot more on the neighbor islands," Leuck said.

The state and the four counties are working together to submit demographics and statistics to Google. The unified front's an attempt to convince the company that Hawaii's uniquely suited for the advanced technology.

"They're going to say if we go to Kapolei or if we go to Maui, all the other counties are going to be there to support it," said Gordon Bruce, chief information officer with the City and County of Honolulu.

On the citizens side, the aim is to get 50,000 signatures on the on-line petition by Friday.

You can sign up at either techhui.com or hi-google.org.

Google's after fifty communities for it's gigabit project. The 50th State wants to be one of them.

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