Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Why Not Lowell?

This is big news...

Google intends to build a high-speed Internet network for consumer use.
High Speed, how fast?
How about 100 times faster than anything available to consumers today. Once finished Google's fiber optic network will deliver information at an amazing speed of 1 gigabit per second.

Here is what Google says about its new network…
"Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web, and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York. Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes. Or collaborating with classmates around the world while watching live 3D video of a university lecture. Universal, ultra high-speed Internet access will make all this, and more possible. We've urged the FCC to look at new, and creative ways to get there in its National Broadband Plan – and now we're announcing an experiment of our own."

Google will pay all expenses for the construction and installation of the network. Now, here is the verrrrryyyyy interesting part. Google is looking for a few cities to participate as trial locations for this new super network.

In its own words…
"Google is planning to build, and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the country… As a first step, we're putting out a Request for Information (RFI) to help identify interested communities. We welcome responses from local government, as well as members of the public."

I ask...
Why wouldn’t a progressive community, interested in revitalization, apply to be a Google test city?
Actually, I ask...Why wouldn’t Lowell apply?

Below is a video submitted for Topeka, KS to Google.

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