Hopeful Colorado communities making goo-Google eyes
The Denver Post
Communities across America, including several in Colorado, are going gaga over Google.
With hopes of becoming a test bed for the online search giant’s ultra- fast high-speed Internet network, Topeka, Kan., temporarily changed its name to Google.
Duluth, Minn., created a spoof YouTube video mocking Topeka’s effort, pledging to rename every family’s first-born male Google Fiber and first-born female Googlette Fiber.
Highlands Ranch is gathering community members to form a human “We Love Google” sign at a local high school football stadium.
“We know we have to do something unusual to get Google’s attention,” said Jamie Noebel, community-relations manager for Highlands Ranch.
Google announced plans last month to a build a fiber-optic network that would offer residential Internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second – about 100 times faster than the speeds available to most Americans today.
Put another way, users would be able to download a high-definition movie in less than a minute, compared with more than an hour on speeds currently available in metro Denver.
The company said the service may reach up to 500,000 people and asked communities interested in becoming a trial location to essentially submit an application by March 26. Google says it will weigh factors such as “community support, local resources, weather conditions, approved construction methods and local regulatory issues.”
The test community or communities will be selected this year.