Google is planning to build ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the country. The plan is to deploy 1 Gbps, fiber optic connections directly to people's homes and businesses. This connection would be over 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today.
Securing ultra high speed internet infrastructure in St. Louis will provide strong momentum for the creation of next generation internet infrastructure services, companies, and jobs. Many of the internet-based services like YouTube that have come to be a part of our daily lives weren't possible until broadband. Google wants to accelerate the next era of innovation by testing fiber optic cable to the premises in a community. We think that community should be St. Louis! With fiber optic cable coming directly to St. Louis homes and businesses and the enormous media attention that could come with being chosen as a trial community, our City would strengthen its ability to attract companies, new talent, and capital.
What Can You Do to Help?
The City is responding to the Request For Information (RFI) released by Google. The deadline for submissions is March 26th. (EDITOR'S NOTE: YES, that's TOMORROW!) We will be competing with many other communities across the country to be chosen for this experiment.
One part of the RFI requires us to demonstrate our community support for this project. To this end, we've created the following website:
Please show Google we deserve ultra high speed broadband by doing any or all of the following:
1. Share the site and our effort via Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, or through your own email.
2. Embed a link to the site on your business or organization’s website.
2. Nominate St. Louis as a resident. (Note: You must be logged in to a Google account.)
3. Get an organization of which you are a member to support our effort.
4. Leave a comment of support on our map.
5. Upload a video discussing what an ultra high speed connection would do for you, your
business or organization, and your community.
We’ll measure support through the number of Facebook fans, re-tweets on Twitter, organizations who’ve added their support, and comments on our map. Don't pass this opportunity up. So far, we're just nearly breaking 1,000 Facebook fans. With all the pride and swagger the online community has when talking up St. Louis, now is one of those times where we really need to demonstrate it. Whether you're a die hard professional blogger or anonymous forum lurker, please show your support for the City of St. Louis!
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