Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Tech Opportunity for Palm Coast >> Google

Google is planning to launch an experiment to make Internet access better and faster for everyone, by having ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country.

Google’s 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; all at competitive rates.

Until March 26th, Google is asking interested municipalities to provide them with information about their communities through a Request for information (RFI), which the company will use to determine where to build the high speed network(s).

This represents an interesting opportunity for the City of Palm Coast, and the stars may be aligning for Palm Coast to be a top-contender to partner with Google for this project:

  1. The City of Palm Coast has already implemented Florida's first municipally owned open-access network, serving select local business locations.

  2. That network can be extended to more locations, including residential communities in Palm Coast, and the City indicates they are open to the idea.

  3. Palm Coast has terrific new infrastructure. As a young (only 10 year old city), and well planned community, the implementation of Google’s project may be much easier compared to more mature cities.

  4. City itself has a progressive approach towards technology, several high tech companies already operate in the Palm Coast landscape, new ones are being courted and brought in thanks to incentives offered.

  5. The population of the city is diverse, entrepreneurial, and looking for opportunities.

Palm Coast City Leaders already stated that they “believe a Google operated open-access network focused strictly on residents would create a perfect synergy with the existing Palm Coast FiberNET network, Florida's first municipally owned open-access network which serves our local businesses.”

According to a news story published in Daytona Beach News Journal on March 13, Palm Coast Mayor John Netts said:
"We are a city that's investing in technology. We are a city that's on the forefront of the green movement. I think that would be significant to Google."
The same article reports that Seattle, St. Louis, Portland, Ore., and Grand Rapids, Mich., are among the many cities angling for the high-tech network. In Florida, Sarasota, Leesburg and Orlando reported to be courting Google.

Office Divvy ™, supports the City of Palm Coast’s effort and bid for the Google’s High Speed Fiber Optic Trial project. We have already done our share by posting this blog entry, and nominating Palm Coast through Google’s official nomination web-page. We are communicating with our members and friends to also nominate Palm Coast for this project...

How Can You Nominate Palm Coast for the Google Project?
Go to Google’s webpage where residents and community groups can nominate their city. Hurry, as this must be done prior to March 26th.

Follow this link:
- Nominate Palm Coast for Google Fiber Project -

City of Palm Coast Announcement for Google Fiber Optic Trial
• More information on Palm Coast FiberNET Project
• Link to nominate Palm Coast for Google Fiber Optic Trial
News Journal Article dated March 13, 2010

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