Portland to make pitch to Google

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s largest city has joined the growing list of places seeking to become a test site for Google’s ultra-fast fiber-optic network.

Portland officials told the Portland Press Herald they plan to deliver an application to Google before the March 26 deadline portraying the city as an economically diverse hub with a dense downtown populated by young, tech-savvy and creative people.

The California-based Internet giant says it plans to build and test an experimental fiber-optic network capable of delivering Internet speeds that are 100 times faster than the Internet connections currently available to most Americans.

Portland will be up against a number of other cities across the country that are making their own pitches.

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