Cities, towns go gaga to gain Google's super-fast networks
IDG News Service - Local governments and residents have until tonight to nominate their communities for consideration in Google's plan to build "ultra-high-speed" fiber networks in some places in the U.S.
Since opening up the nomination process on Feb. 10, Google has received suggestions from more than 600 municipalities and from more than 190,000 individuals, the company said today.
The response has far exceeded Google's expectations and reinforces the main thrust behind the initiative, said product manager James Kelly in an official blog post.
"If one message has come through loud and clear, it's this: people across the country are hungry for better and faster Internet access," he said.
Google also praised the "creativity" of some participants. For example, in order to attract Google's attention, Sarasota Mayor Richard Clapp swam with sharks, while Greenville, S.C., held an evening rally where participants spelled "Google" with LED glow sticks.
Once the nominations window closes tonight at 8 Eastern Time, Google will evaluate the submissions in the coming months, visit some communities and meet with local government representatives and with other organizations.
Google expects to announce the chosen community or communities by the end of 2010.
The goal is to deliver 1GBbit/sec. connections to homes at "competitive" prices, covering between 50,000 and 500,000 people.
Better and faster Internet access is necessary for next-generation Internet services and applications, according to Google, which plans to establish an open access model to its network, so that subscribers have multiple options in service providers.
Nominations can be made online by going to this Web site.
- Software Asset Management: Ensuring Today's Assets Today's trends like BYOD and SaaS are new and exciting in terms of how they will help make our jobs more productive but...
- Mobile First: Securing Information Sprawl Learn how the partnership between Box and MobileIron can help you execute a "mobile first" strategy that manages and secures both mobile apps...
- AIIM Trendscape: The New Mobile Reality This AIIM Trendscape report shares data, expert opinions, and a unique perspective on the impact of cloud and mobility in the enterprise, surfacing...
- Empowering Your Mobile Workers A modern mobile IT strategy is no longer an option, it is an absolute necessity. Here's how some of the nation's most progressive...
- Why do you need an enterprise mobile platform? Today companies must offer great apps that run on a range of devices, and connect to an exploding set of backend data. Appcelerator...
- Technology for Everyone A Kansas school district modernizes teaching and learning and paves the way to a one-to-one program with a comprehensive upgrade of its wireless... All Mobile/Wireless White Papers | Webcasts