Houston & Peach

Houston officials throw support behind Google Fiber

A group of Houston County leaders signed a proclamation Tuesday in support of a local effort to bring Google’s Fiber for Communities to the county.

Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen, Centerville Mayor John Harley, Perry Mayor Jimmy Faircloth and Houston County Commission Chairman Ned Sanders made the proclamation during a meeting of the Warner Robins Rotary Club.

Internet search giant Google is proposing to build an experimental high-speed broadband network in one or more test markets in the United States. The deadline for applications was March 26.

According to Google’s Web site, 1,077 municipalities responded to the company’s request for submissions, including 31 in Georgia, though some of those were part of joint requests as was the case in Houston County. The respondents in Middle Georgia were Bleckley County, Centerville, Houston County, Macon, Perry, Robins Air Force Base and Warner Robins.

According to Google’s Web site, it expects to choose a location later this year.