Let’s hope someone applies for Dayton: Google Fiber

Meant to post this a just before I left Savannah, but didn’t.

Hopefully, someone has offered up our dark fiber as the backbone for this ambitious Google experiment.

Google Fiber for Communities

Google is planning to launch an experiment that we hope will make Internet access better and faster for everyone. We plan to test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country. Our networks will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today, over 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We’ll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

From now until March 26th, we’re asking interested municipalities to provide us with information about their communities through a Request for information (RFI), which we’ll use to determine where to build our network.

via Google Fiber for Communities: Think big with a gig.

High speed fiber could be a boon to launching small business in Dayton. Considering how many serious blows this community has suffered of late, this could be a serious piece of good news. This would be an excellent project for the Dayton Development Coalition to pitch.

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11 Responses

  1. clayton horstman February 22, 2010 / 7:38 pm
    wow  no credit for sending you the link and letting you know about it  :-( thanks

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  2. David Esrati February 22, 2010 / 9:06 pm

    @Clayton maybe because I didn’t hear that from you- unless you publish http://www.macnn.com You asked me who owns the phone lines- but, I don’t have anything else.
    The Fiber we own is used to run the traffic signals- and has been mentioned before in the upDayton strategy sessions and in the Downtown Dayton Plan as part of the “plan”

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  3. clayton Horstman February 22, 2010 / 10:35 pm
    whoa I meant i sent you a email about it. asking you to talk to Gary about it. its not that big of a deal just a lil joke

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  4. Shortwest Rick February 22, 2010 / 11:58 pm
    Moving on, although it would be great if Google selected Dayton as a bandwidth test tube I seriously doubt our existing dark fiber would support the minimim 1,000 terabyte capacity to provide 1 gig connectivity to 5,000 residents, setting aside the fiber capacity from our closest MAE connection point, Chicago. Briefly, Google would minimize their investment and maximize test results by choosing a city within a stone’s throw of Dallas.

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  5. Nathan Driver February 23, 2010 / 7:06 am
    would love to see Dayton on this list – this would really push us past the manufacturing industry and into technology.

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  6. David Lauri March 5, 2010 / 4:48 pm
    Hey, David E, did you notice that the mayor of Topeka, err, Google, KS, also does not know the correct possessive form of it?  See his Google proclamation, which is in need of a bit of proofreading.

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  7. David Esrati March 17, 2010 / 6:39 am

    Technology First, the Dayton Development Coalition and business, academic and government partners plan to establish a Web site on Wednesday, March 17, at http://www.AverageAndAwesome.com to allow the region’s residents to upload videos promoting Dayton as one of the cities Google chooses for the local fiber network experiment.

    “We’re excited about the opportunity,” coalition spokesman Adam Murka said Friday.

    The Web site’s “Average and Awesome” name is intended to signify that Dayton considers itself an American cross-section community useful as a test market, yet “awesome” because of the scientific, technical and academic expertise based in the region, said Ann Gallaher, chief operating officer of Technology First, the information technology organization for the Dayton region.

    Google wants to see how innovators make use of the high-speed networks and what types of products they could support, Gallaher said.

    via Dayton wants to host a Google high-speed network.

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