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Will Google Become L.A.'s Next Big Internet Service Provider?

Google's Office in Santa Monica | Photo by Roca Chang via Flickr
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Google is starting to experiment with broadband services and L.A. wants in, according to USC's NeonTommy. "They've opened this up to everyone, but we're actively pursuing a deal," said Kevin Crawford, the deputy director of L.A.'s Information Technology Agency, about applications currently being sought from cities by Google. Los Angeles late last year already made one big multi-million dollar deal with the internet giant--city e-mail is currently being migrated to a Google Apps/Gmail platform. Google wants to bring broadband to underserved communities and L.A. plans to include East L.A. and South L.A. in their plans.