Google Fiber for Clintonville
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March 28, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm #355667
I am a digital advocate and willing to say the unpopular. Like though I support third frontier, it really supports research departments much more than actual entrepreneurs.
Also, I am glad Columbus jumped on the bandwagon for google fiber a week before the deadline. It just seems like too little too late. When I asked a TechColumbus official if they would recommend that the city go for it (on Feb 18 at the Entrepreneurs forum at the Statehouse), he said the claims that high speed internet will bring jobs are unfounded/questionable and that turning on fiber, doesn’t necessarily mean it will attract companies. (Nice spokesperson for innovation. Personally, I think TechColumbus is a little too cozy with Time Warner.)
Which brings me to the reason for my post… Could this video be any more generic? http://googlumbus.com/
Where are the geeks pecking away at keyboards and mobile devices? It is a fabulous portrayal of our cultural and entertainment offerings, but it’s lack of depicting people using a device which actually uses said bandwidth, seems off the mark. To me the glossy prepared piece, says more about our wanna-be status than actually bolstering our ‘up and coming tech city’ reputation.
ETA: I just spotted a laptop at 2:44.
Also, check out the map of where it was requested. Ohio is screaming for bandwidth. Google PostMarch 28, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm #355668March 28, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm #355669
Thanks for posting that video Walker. I wonder why they didn’t post that on http://googlumbus.com/ as well.
I am a Coleman fan, so I am glad to see this personal plea. I just feel like it is one more example of an initiative coming from a few voices, instead of a groundswell of support.
Looks like the video was posted on the last day, maybe it was on the Columbus.gov site before that?March 29, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm #355670
byJody, the Mayor Coleman video is posted to the googlumbus site, though it is on the “Local Video and Links” page. Perhaps it should be the lead video instead. I have seen questions raised about the googlumbus site on several messsage boards, maybe it is not too late to retool it to address some of the concerns.
As I worked to pull together the information for Clintonville’s response, I was put in contact with the group that was drafting Columubus’ response. I thought that the response itself was very well focused and made a very compelling case for the region’s research, entrepreneurial, and residential demand for higher speed internet.
I was encouraged by Google’s blog post, which showed the central Ohio region as one of the few in the country with both a large number of governmental response as well as large numbers of individual responses.March 29, 2010 6:34 pm at 6:34 pm #355671
Thanks Sarah – I enjoyed seeing your grassroots efforts and video. I had put together this survey http://bit.ly/GFCbus in February, but only got 32 entries. I can give you access to the data if you’d like to see it.
In a related topic, this blog post on the background of Fiber Economics is really helpful.April 6, 2010 1:20 am at 1:20 am #355672April 6, 2010 4:13 am at 4:13 am #355673
I’m going to guess that the “right back at ya” April fools joke by renaming their site “Topeka” was a precurser to Google really selecting Topeka.April 6, 2010 4:15 am at 4:15 am #355674
Quick, rename Columbus Topeka to confuse them into giving us fiber!April 6, 2010 4:38 am at 4:38 am #355675
JonMyersParticipantApril 6, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am #355676
Google said they did it as a joke and didn’t select them or anyone yet.April 6, 2010 7:53 pm at 7:53 pm #355677
Jon – Yeah, I was going to say that video looked like something ripped from an old VHS tape from 1992.
Not that my video work is much better… but still… there are some really great videographers and editors here in town that could have done an amazing job on it. Would have loved to see it get the SpaceJunk treatment.August 23, 2010 9:58 pm at 9:58 pm #355678
So, I guess we still have to wait until the end of the year … I have little hope for Columbus, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed. http://www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi/December 16, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm #355679
Looks like early 2011 now.
An update on Google Fiber
12/15/2010 09:04:00 AM
Earlier this year we announced an experiment we hope will help make Internet access better and faster for everyone: to provide a community with ultra high-speed broadband, 100 times faster than what most people have access to today.
This week I joined Google as vice president of Access Services to oversee the Google Fiber team. Over the past several months IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been following the progress the team has already madeÃ¢â‚¬â€from experimenting with new fiber deployment technologies here on GoogleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s campus, to announcing a Ã¢â‚¬Å“betaÃ¢â‚¬Â network to 850 homes at StanfordÃ¢â‚¬â€and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m excited for us to bring our ultra high-speed network to a community.
We had planned to announce our selected community or communities by the end of this year, but the level of interest was incredibleÃ¢â‚¬â€nearly 1,100 communities across the country responded to our announcementÃ¢â‚¬â€and exceeded our expectations. While weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re moving ahead full steam on this project, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not quite ready to make that announcement.
WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re sorry for this delay, but we want to make sure we get this right. To be clear, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not re-opening our selection processÃ¢â‚¬â€we simply need more time to decide than weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d anticipated. Stay tuned for an announcement in early 2011.
Posted by Milo Medin, Vice President, Access ServicesDecember 17, 2010 2:58 pm at 2:58 pm #355680
I got the same message a few days ago in response to Clintonville’s RFI. I guess we’ll be waiting a bit longer. Hopefully the announcement in early 2011 doesn’t end up get pushed back farther.January 24, 2011 5:43 pm at 5:43 pm #355681
Man… my fingers are getting tired!
Info on the 850 Stanfordians with Internet… http://mashable.com/2010/10/21/google-broadband-trial/
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