City wants ultrafast internet, Google or not – February 21, 2014

Winston-Salem and the Triad were not among nine areas named recently by Google as candidates for its next wave of ultrafast fiber-optic Internet service, but local officials are pushing to bring a similar service here.

The city sees the ultra-fast capabilities as something that can set it apart from the competition.

“What we are increasingly seeing is that cities know that this is something that can separate us from other places even in the area of economic development,” said Ed McNeal, the director of marketing and communications for Winston-Salem. “It puts you on the forefront of recruiting businesses.”

The fiber-optic connection can make downloading 100 times faster than broadband connections available now. Instead of using up to an hour to download a movie, someone with the new ultrafast connection could do that in less than a minute.