Google Fiber for Communities


Googlefiber Logo.jpg Google Fiber for Communities is Google's upcoming [WWW]experimental introduction of ultra high speed internet. They plan to offer connection speeds of 1 Gigabit per second to a handful of communities around the country. That's over 100 times faster than our current "high speed" options in Davis! If you're interested in helping to make Davis be one of these lucky communities, then you're in the right place. Community leaders are already working on their half of the nomination process and now it's time for us community members to do our part. We need to act quickly because the March 26th deadline is coming up on Friday! Please direct your friends to the nomination page (see below) and help them to nominate Davis. Davis Community Network also has [WWW]more information.

[WWW]Nominate Davis Today! The deadline for nominations TODAY!

Have other ideas? Want to pitch in? If you want to do even more to help, then join in the effort at the group discussion page here on the wiki!

Kansas City Wins

On April 30th, 2011, Google [WWW]announced that Kansas City, Kansas City had won the contest. Google will apparently be expanding the project to other cities in the future.

How we did

On October 21st, 2010, it was [WWW]announced that Google will first test their fiber network near Stanford University. "Initially the new fiber network will serve 850 faculty- and staff-owned homes on campus. Product manager James Kelly said Google will learn from the small deployment how to scale the Google Fiber program effectively for larger communities. The goal is to provide fiber connections to between 50,000 and a half-million people. Communities will be selected before the end of the year. Kelly said Stanford was selected because of its openness to experimenting with new fiber technologies, the neighborhood's layout and the small number of homes. The location just a few miles away from Google will also make it easier for engineers to monitor progress."

How this benefits YOU

Remember when everyone connected to the Internet using slow dial-up modems? Web pages downloaded very slowly. Downloading a single program could take hours. Most applications that we run today, such as networked games, high definition video, and audio streams were simply not feasible back then. The typical network connection today is about 35-70 times faster than dial-up. Now imagine a connection 200 times faster than what you have now. New applications that are simply not feasible now will become part of the everyday world. New types of businesses will develop around the network as well. This is the future, sooner.

Ways to Get Involved

Here are some things that you can do to help.

Reasons Why Davis is an Ideal Candidate

This might give you a starting point for when you submit your nomination (there's a question which asks "Why should Google build a fiber to the home network where you live?").

Proposed Uses of the High Speed Internet

Here some preliminary ideas for how the high speed internet could be used in Davis.

Have other ideas? Want to pitch in? If you want to do even more to help, then join in the effort at the group discussion page here on the wiki!

Press Coverage

2010-03-04 - [WWW]Community Embraces Google Experiment in The California Aggie
2010-03-03 - [WWW]Why Google Needs Davis on The Davis Voice
2010-02-23 - [WWW]Googlephile Davisites Want Faster Internet on The Davis Voice
2010-03-18 - [WWW] in Sacramento Bee - Discusses a number of competing communities
2010-03-19 - [WWW] in UC Davis Dateline - UC Davis joins effort as Chancellor Linda Katehi agrees to sign letter to Mayor Ruth Asmundson in support of the city’s application
2010-03-25 - [WWW]Bring Google Fiber to Davis OpEd in The Davis Enterprise
2010-02-25 - [WWW]Bring Google Fiber to Davis reprint of Enterprise OpEd on The Davis Voice

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