Wednesday, March 17, 2010

City to Apply for Google Fiber for Communities Project

Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced today the city of Richmond's intent to apply for the Google Fiber for Communities Project on March 26 and urges all of the Richmond community and region to support the city's efforts.

"The city that wins this project will be recognized globally and the impact it will have is the technological equivalent of being awarded the Olympics," said Mayor Jones. "It will be an enormous economic development engine and further expand the creative and technological industries in our city, in addition to helping bridge the digital divide. This would be a major stride in making Richmond a Tier One city."

The Google Fiber for Communities Project is an experiment to build an ultra-high speed broadband network that will deliver internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today. The planned network will offer speeds over one gigabit per second in the fiber-to-the-home connections. Google plans to offer service at a competitive price and an open network.

The city is responding to Google's Request for Information (RFI) and asking for community support from the business, educational, and creative community.

"One of the deciding factors in Google's decision will be community support and it is imperative that we enlist everyone we can to join our application effort. Residents can join us on our social media sites and show Google that Richmond is the city that will embrace their project and help make it a success," said Mayor Jones.


For more information on the city's Google High Speed Fiber RFI application, visit:
http://www.richmondgov.com/Mayor/googlehighspeed.aspx .

Community support can be registered on the following social media sites:
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/1GbForRVA
Twitter http://twitter.com/1GbForRVA
www.gigarva.com

There is no application fee for submitting Google's RFI and the network will be built by Google. The city's role, if selected, will be to help facilitate the installation of the network through existing city departments and infrastructure.

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