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Friday, April 9, 2010

Greenville, SC Leads Poll for Google Fiber

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 3-D 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 today we're announcing an experiment of our own.

We're planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. We'll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

Our goal is to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone. Here are some specific things that we have in mind:

  • Next generation apps: We want to see what developers and users can do with ultra high-speeds, whether it's creating new bandwidth-intensive "killer apps" and services, or other uses we can't yet imagine.
  • New deployment techniques: We'll test new ways to build fiber networks, and to help inform and support deployments elsewhere, we'll share key lessons learned with the world.
  • Openness and choice: We'll operate an "open access" network, giving users the choice of multiple service providers. And consistent with our past advocacy, we'll manage our network in an open, non-discriminatory and transparent way.
Like our WiFi network in Mountain View, the purpose of this project is to experiment and learn. Network providers are making real progress to expand and improve high-speed Internet access, but there's still more to be done. We don't think we have all the answers – but through our trial, we hope to make a meaningful contribution to the shared goal of delivering faster and better Internet for everyone.

Source: Google Blog

Below is the city I support for the project:

2000 people with LED Glow Sticks converge in Falls Park in Greenville, SC to create the Google logo in a bid to show Google how serious they are about attracting the Google Fiber Project. See more about their project at We Are Feeling Lucky.

I support the choice of Greenville, SC because it located in a business-friendly state, it has proven track record for attracting and keeping businesses in the area. Voting is open until May 6, 2010.  Vote.

As of 8.50 am this morning, Greenville, SC leads Asheville by an overwhelming margin.

110,881 Greenville
 60,696  Asheville

If you don't want to vote for Greenville, vote for anyone other than Asheville, because those of us in western North Carolina couldn't live (or grow crops) in the shadow of their big heads if they won. Their heads are already big enough, thank you. 

The running joke around here (I first heard it in elementary school) goes something like this:

Q "How can you tell if someone is from Asheville?"
A "They can't go five minutes without using Asheville in a sentence!"