Help Us Ask Google for Ultra High Speed Broadband

(Binghamton, NY) Broome County Government in partnership with the Broome County Industrial Development Agency is asking residents to help support our bid for Google’s proposed Ultra High Speed Broadband Network.

 
Google announced in early February its desire to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. The company proposes to deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. They are proposing to offer the service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.
 
The catch is that this project will be awarded to a community following a competitive application process. Broome County Government and the IDA are completing that application right now. As part of that application process Google is encouraging communities to urge their residents to nominate their community and weigh in with their comments as well. Anyone can click on the “Google Fiber for Communities Website” @ http://www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi/ and fill out the questionnaire to nominate Greater Binghamton for this test project.
 
“Greater Binghamton is the Home to Innovation having produced such companies as IBM and Link Aviation,” said Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala. “We remain a high tech community where tremendously innovative people and companies still live and operate. We think we would be a natural for such an innovative initiative.”
 
“We like to pride ourselves on our high tech clusters of companies and our tremendous academic assets like Binghamton University and Broome Community College,” said Richard D’Attilio, BCIDA Executive Director. “We don’t just apply innovative principals here in Greater Binghamton we create innovation. Our companies are producing high technology products and services to companies around the world. We really do believe we could provide an exciting test market for Google and this project.”
 
The community’s application is due this Friday, March 26th. Residents are asked to submit their nominations before the end of the day Friday. County officials said they wanted to make sure they had a viable application before urging its residents to go online and nominate Greater Binghamton. They add that the turn around time for this project has been very short.
 
Fiala concluded, “It’s a competitive process no doubt but we just wanted to make sure we had our hat in the ring!” Information about the project can be found at http://www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi/public/overview .

 

03/25/2010 - 8:58am