Says the Google:
- 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.
Well, it seems that our fair City of Bellingham is pulling out all the stops to try and lure Google to the City of Subdued Excitement.
First, they dedicated a page on the city website to the effort, then they built a VERY snazzy Web 2.0-ish bring-it-to-Bellingham site, and now they’ve released the video below, which also happens to be incredibly well-done.
I think that, from an economic development standpoint, it would be a very good thing for Bellingham to be chosen by Google as a pilot community. I’m on the fence as to whether or not Bellingham would be better served by funneling this type of creative energy and resource into sustainability efforts.
Perhaps it’s an interdependency thing. If Bellingham can attract more companies to locate here with a 1GB per second fiber infrastructure carrot and stick, maybe Bellingham can, through increased tax revenues, better afford to implement more sustainable practices.