Going for Google
March 26, 2010 3:21 PM
Today's the day that our application is due for Google's high speed fiber network. Some other cities have done some pretty outrageous things to get noticed. Topeka changed its name to Google for a month. The mayor of Duluth jumped into Lake Superior (after conferring citizenship on Wilco, but that's another story). Not to be outdone, another mayor, this one from Florida, jumped in a tank filled with sharks (it turned out they were vegetarian sharks or something).
I haven't done anything too crazy, though this afternoon I sampled Google High Fiber Pizza at the Roman Candle on Willy Street, and I hope to chase it down with Google ice cream from Babcock Hall, which is getting rave reviews (Although, they haven't found a way to keep the granola from getting soggy - I suggest a Teflon coating). While eating, I was wearing some brightly colored yarn attached to a pin on my lapel (It's Google fiber). And I have renamed my dog Calvin to Google for the day (He seems to like it) .
So, we have had some fun with this as a community, but we can't forget that this is also a business proposition, and it's important amid the fun to not forget to make the business case. And our case is pretty strong. We're a young, energetic, wired, tech savvy place. We're about the right size to test a new idea like this. We have already thought ahead and placed conduit beneath some of our major streets through which fiber can be easily strung. And Google already knows something about us. They have a small office here, and they used us as a demonstration city for their new bicycle mapping addition to Google Maps.
So our application is now signed, sealed and delivered. In the next few hours, it will be posted in its entirety at madfiber.net. We think we've got as good a shot at this as anyone in the country. But no matter what happens we're going to keep moving toward being the most connected community in America.