Google Fiber Asheville : Official Website


Let’s Change The World Together With Google
March 3, 2010, 1:15 am
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If you’re here at googleavl.com, then you likely know what the Google Fiber Initiative is all about. If you don’t, then check this out

Google

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.

You all heard about the Information Superhighway of the internet back in the day. Compared to a superhighway, this network is like a teleportation device. It’s so far beyond what anyone else is using that it gives Asheville the opportunity to dream big.

Medical Technology

We are Health Care Providers

We’ve got health care, education, biotech, climate science, data visualization, music, arts, data centers, internet firms, energy companies and an inordinate amount of extraordinarily talented people in this city. Imagine the possibilities if we had the hottest pipes running to every home and business.

Health care providers could network with hospitals all over the region. Mission’s Cancer Center and Cardiac Units could become global centers of research and healing. You could receive top notch medical care right in your home.

UNCA, A/B Tech, and Warren Wilson could become international centers of learning with the ability to perform the highest degree of technical modeling anywhere. Our public school system could become entirely connective and offer students learn-at-home options that parents can only dream of.

Mountains

We are Green Technology

Our biotech leaders at the Bent Creek Institute could partner with the colleges involved in the All Taxonomic Biodiversity Index of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to research and catalogue the new species they’re discovering every day. Sharing the data with individuals and institutions could bring mean leaps forward in our understanding of the natural world.

Our climate sciences could collect more data, visualize more climate scenarios, and map possible solutions to our climate crisis in partnership with the schools and data visualization leaders like RENCI and The Elumenati. Academic Institutions could get in on the process in ways heretofore impossible.

Our musicians could pipe out live concerts around the world and engage in collaborations that would not be limited by the space between us. Our artists would have the best iteration of the online medium in the world to expand their audiences and their imaginations.

Our internet firms would explode overnight, quite suddenly having enormous advantage over everyone else. Our online community, already bursting with collective effort, could do more, raise more money for charities, and pioneer new ways of interacting via the internet.

Google Fiber in Asheville will give us the opportunity to change the world.

Fiber Optics

We are Information Technology

We need your help to let Google know that Asheville is the right home for their Fiber Network. While our governmental bodies are working on the nuts’n'bolts application, Google is asking individuals and community groups from the contending cities to submit applications of their own. Application page is here. Asheville needs to have the highest number of applications and the highest quality. That won’t happen without you.

In addition to applying, we also need to let Google know that Asheville is thrilled at the prospect. Social media, YouTube, blogs, audio, internet radio – can help by raising a ruckus. Make videos about how Asheville will change the world with this network. Write songs. Optimize local sites so a search for Google Fiber brings people to Asheville based content. Trumpet our community’s strengths and your own ideas.

In considering messages we want to send to Google, we can unify our theme based on information we have about what Google wants to see in its host city. Here are some ideas regarding ways to talk about our community’s great fit for Google.

We are:

  • Diverse and involved
  • A community of innovation
  • Ready and accelerating

Uniqueness
Fertile, diverse, culture, unified, Best place to… quality of life, intellectual capital, creative, non-profits, eclectic, charming, vibrant, involved, engaged.

Readiness
Go, expand, sustain, connect, head start, accelerating, momentum

Business Friendliness
Scalable, entrepreneurs, infrastructure, center, vibrance, transformational, moving, exponential, expand, grow

We want to make the world a better place, and the Google Fiber Network will help us do that.

Thank you in advance for all of your hard work. If we land Google Fiber, we will have outshone hundreds of cities across America, and it will have been due to your energy, creativity, and passion.

Google Asheville

via flickr : Bill Rhodes


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Is this Dripolator meeting open to all who are interested in this endeavor?

Comment by Davyne Dial

Davyne,

It’s a gathering intended for leaders in the creative community and people who have big networks in order to get the word out.

If you’d like to pitch in to a collective creative effort, then come on.

Comment by gordonsmith

Thoughts about Google’s experiment from WetMachine:

What Google wants is to (a) get better networks built, and (b) figure out how to make more money along its core business lines when Gigabit networks actually materialize — either in the U.S. or elsewhere. But our cable/telco duopoly shows no sign of wanting to provide these networks anytime remotely soon, and the National Broadband Plan and stimulus program — while helpful in many positive ways — are not going to get us to gigabyte networks anytime soon. So how to modify the behavior of network providers (and those who subsidize/regulate them) to produce the desired gigabit networks? Answer: show everyone what happens when you actually have gigabit networks.

This will do more than simply stimulate demand. It will embarrass and expose the existing providers to get them to change their behavior. Google will have proof, and share it with the world, about what it really takes to run a network that works BETTER than the ones being offered Americans today. The idiotic children’s tales carriers like to tell about their cost structure and pricing, based on trying to squeeze out legacy equipment and minimize capital expenditure and which rely on hiding real information about how networks operate and maintaining in the listeners an ignorance of real economics, will be exposed for what they are, and it will increase pressure on these networks to produce something that runs like the Google test bed or face the specter of real regulation. After all, one of the most potent arguments on the carrier side (and for their supporters) has been that Google doesn’t “really understand what it takes to run a network.” Now they not only will understand it, they will happily share that understanding with the FCC, the Congress and the public. And while carriers will have an endless list of reasons why Google can do things they can’t and why Google’s data are tainted or don’t matter or whatever, the presence of gigabit networks operating at a modest (if not monopoly) profit will make it increasingly difficult for these carriers to claim that they need to be deregulated to build The Glorious Network Of Tomorrow or that network neutrality makes things unprofitable or that local governments shouldn’t be allowed to compete or that we need more USF funding and all the other fanciful tales carriers like to tell to credulous audiences here in Washington.

Along the way, Google will gather valuable intelligence (hence the “test bed” appellation) about how the habits of Americans will change — and what applications it should offer — when better networks are deployed.

Comment by gordonsmith

Who is googleavl?

Why all the secrecy?

I’ll show you mine if you will show me yours (name).

Comment by John Doe

Not sure what you mean by secrecy. The list of people who have contributed are listed on the left of the blog. i started this site with Troy Tolle to aggregate our efforts and the community’s efforts to bring Google Fiber to Asheville.

Thanks
Jose Ibarra
@h0zae on Twitter
GoogleAVL Administrator

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