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Hi everybody – one item that came out of our excellent community meeting at the Dripolator was the need for a one page explanation of this whole thing. I’m going to paste it below, just click the Read More. You can also find it at this URL: http://docs.google.com/View?id=dfgg77m2_7rkkc8ccj
Download it. Print it. Share it at Twitter, Facebook, etc. Edit it to your purposes. Add graphics. Go get ‘em!
Asheville Google Fiber Network Initiative
What’s going on? Google is planning to install and test a gigabit high-speed network for at a community from 50,000 to 500,000 people providing residential service at competitive rates. This means way better service for about the same money. The greater Asheville region is applying to be that partner with Google. Here is short video from Google on the deal. http://www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi/
What does this mean to me? Huge benefits are in store. First, a high-speed network that is 100 times faster than anything currently available will enable innovative applications, collaboration and interaction among individuals, health care, education, climate science, business, and more. Oh, and 3-D movies streaming over the net sound pretty cool, too. Second, this network will spawn new opportunities for small and medium businesses to expand, grow, and move to Western North Carolina.
When is all this happening? The initial deadline is March 26th. If Asheville makes the cut, there will be new timelines announced.
Why will Google pick Asheville? Asheville is the creative and cultural center for western North Carolina as well as the business hub for the region. Whether we are talking art, medicine, climate science, or education, Asheville is the regional center of excellence. The Google gigabit network enables innovative and creative opportunities that would otherwise not be possible.
Why should I help? In addition to the whole jobs thing, there is the social aspect of this effort. Today’s citizens have the ability reach out and change their environment, their school, their town, and their world, in ways that have never beenpossible before. Also, imagine having doctor’s appointments from your home, no more Saturday school as education models shift with this new technology, world class climate solutions coming out of Asheville, smart grid technology to reduce energy use – The possibilities are endless.
Ok, so I am in, how do I help? Two things, first you have to fill out the nomination form on Google’s website to give your vote for Asheville. Second, get all your friends to nominate Asheville AND get them to get all their friends to nominate Asheville, and so on and so forth…
Great, how to I go about nominating Asheville? It’s easy. Go to Google’s website and fill in the form. Here’s how:
Go to this website-> http://www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi/public/options
Click “Nominate your Community” button. (You have to have a Gmail account, if you don’t have one then just create one, no sweat)
Then fill out the form.
Seems easy enough but I am not great at selling things, can you suggest what I should say? Well, the intent is to get your feelings from the heart about how the network will change your home life, work life, and community life. Beloware some words you can use to jog your brain. Use these to evoke thoughts and emotions and try to express them in your own words. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just sincere. Here are some of the words you can start with:
Unified * Cultural * Diverse * Unique * Vibrant * Quality * Lifestyle * Non-Profits * Eclectic * Charming * Intellectual Capital * Readiness * Sustain * Connected * Head Start * Acceleration * Business Friendly * Scalable * Entrepreneurial* Momentum * Transformational * Environmental or you can think about “What makes Asheville the best place to……?”
Ok, so I filled out the nomination form, what next? Don’t forget to tell all your friends to nominate Asheville to and to keep the viral chain going. Use Facebook, Twitter or even just plain old email. Just do this FAST! We only have until March 26, 2010, and then it is all over. So get moving!!
How can I stay informed? Two ways, first go join the Facebook group that is open to the public called “Asheville Google Fiber Network Initiative”. This will keep you clued in on a regular basis. But you should also bookmark the websitehttp://googleavl.com/ which is the collection point for blogging and sharing of videos and other media to help attract Google to Asheville. Also there is a twitter twibbon #googleavl to keep up to date on the fly.
You can also attend the Asheville Google Fiber Initiative Town Hall meeting at the Asheville Civic Center on March 18th at 6pm to find out the latest news.
What if I have a creative idea to help in this effort? Great!! Just go either to the Facebook page or the blogging website and reach out to the group there. This is very grassroots effort and if you have the energy and idea just make it happen and let us know how to help. Also come to the Town Hall meeting to share your ideas about how you could use this world-class network. Make videos, write music, create art – and then get it online so Asheville and Google can see it.
Let’s make it happen, Asheville!