ASHEVILLE — The city is encouraging everyone to participate in a “Google Moment” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and fill out online applications to make Asheville home of the Google Fiber Initiative.
On Thursday afternoon, area residents are encouraged to go to www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi/public/options and nominate Asheville to receive the fiber network. Nominations can also be submitted at www.googleAVL.com, a locally coordinated site managed by advocates for the program.
On Tuesday,Asheville City Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting Asheville as a target city for the Google Fiber initiative. In addition to that resolution, the council made a formal proclamation designating the “Google Moment” as a way to draw even more support from area residents.
Cities across the U.S. are competing for the “Google Fiber for Communities” project to win the installation of a fiber optic network by Google estimated to be 100 times faster than current Internet availability. The installment would come with no additional cost to the city.
Since the announcement in February, Asheville citizens have rallied to build momentum for the initiative. A March 18 Town Hall meeting on the topic at the Asheville Civic Center brought out community members, business owners and elected officials championing the addition to the city. Pictures of the event are posted on the City of Asheville Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofasheville.
Bringing Google Fiber to Asheville is compatible with the city’s strategic operating plan in both job growth and economic community development, as the fiber optic network is anticipated to attract technological companies to the area and increase the competitiveness of companies located here.
Alongside the citizen nominations, the Economic Development Coalition has been working with the city of Asheville and other local organizations to prepare a municipal application for the initiative.
The deadline for community nominations is Friday.
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