Bellingham Snubbed by Google

Just over a year ago, I wrote about Bellingham’s incredibly well-done bid to be chosen by Google as a pilot location for their Fiber for Communities initiative, whereby Google would award the winning community the gift of an ultra-fast 1 gigabit per second fiber optic network.

Well, Google has finally announced the winner, and you’d think, since they obviously deliberated for a long time, that they must have certainly made the excellent decision to choose Bellingham.

Alas, this was not the case, and the winner is…

Kansas City, Kansas

Now, I mean no offense at all to the fine people of Kansas City. It’s just disappointing, that’s all.

In the meantime, when Google announced the Fiber for Communities initiative, they said that they planned to choose one or more trial locations across the country, so I suppose there’s still hope that Bellingham could be chosen in the future. (Although, with over a thousand communities having applied, the odds are still pretty steep.)

Anyway, it was fun to revisit that year-old post, and I took the time to re-watch the beautiful video that Bellingham submitted, and I so enjoyed it, feeling it really captures a lot of the wonderful things about this place that I love so much, I thought I’d repost it here.

Google, we’re still waiting!

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