Bringing Google high speed internet to Quincy
Tue, 23 Mar 2010 23:18:20 GMT —
If you have DSL or broadband internet, you probably think your internet is pretty fast.
But there may be a faster option, and a group of people want to bring it to Quincy.
You may have heard Google wants to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States using fiber optics.
That means there's a fierce competition among cities to land that network.
Alexander Drummond is the one who spear headed this movement. Click here to view a 70 second video Alexander produced to try and entice the internet giant to town.
"You would see speeds that really have not been reached in the United States. There's a few other countries that have spent big money investments in their broadband infrastructure such as Japan. But in the U.S., this is above and beyond anything that we've seen," says Drummond.
Drummond thinks this is a great idea because he believes Quincy is behind other communities of similar size when it comes to broadband internet. He also likes that Google will pay for infrastructure. The city of Quincy likes that too. The city council has signed off on the plan, and Mayor John Spring will submit a lengthy application that is due Friday. Google would bring in the fiber optic cables it would take to make the project work. Spring tells me there are always concerns with a project this big, but he believes the pros outweigh the cons.
"The concern regardless if it's above ground or underground, if the fiber optic is in place, does the fiber optic get to the actual residential home or do you have to tap into that? If that's the case, how expensive and how do we pay for that?" says Spring.
Here's how you can help. Drummond has set up this website www.quincyforgoogle.com. You can log on, click on the link in the upper left corner that says how you can help. You can submit your own application that may help Quincy's chances.
"The city's form is the bare minimum. The more support the community shows Google, the more likely we are to get chosen as a pilot city," says Drummond.
Drummond says he doesn't know the time frame of when Google will pick the pilot cities, but he doesn't think it will be long.
For more information, log onto www.quincyforgoogle.com or find more on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=302257533703