Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Forever Foraging for Fiber

Not much recent local activity in the race to win Google's Fiber contest, if contest is the right word.  Am I missing anything?

A website has a daily ranking of how someone out there thinks different communties are faring in their persistent post: Who is Winning the Google Fiber Race? [Updated Daily]

How anyone comes up with that? and whether it means anything at all? Or more importantly does it mean anything to Google?  Who knows?  Let's hope it means little because we are not doing so well.  The latest ranking of top communities showing community support has us nowhere to be found, which implies were even behind Scranton?? What is up with that?  As I type it says we rank #100!!

Must be something we can do to move up that list..  other communities are way out there in keeping up the effort.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about Google, but Scranton was, pre-crisis, supposed to be a big on-shoring spot for Wall Street data processing. PA and NY kicked in some cash laying fiber between NYC and Scranton so it would make sense for Google and others to build out on that network. I don't what if anything has changed, but turning Scranton into Wall Street West makes sense on several levels. There's kind of a Pittsburgh story happening in Scranton these days. Lots and lots of retired mill workers, lumberjacks, and miners, very few baby boomers, and a growing population of educated younger workers. Wilkes Barre, ten miles away, is a different story and relate the two cities at your peril in earshot of anyone from that area. Might as well walk into a bar in Crafton shouting 'Go Browns!'

Pittsburgh is quietly getting lit, albeit slowly. Several downtown buildings are in talks now with Cogent and a few other fiber providers. I desperately want a fiber optic connection for my organization. In a year or two I'll desperately need one.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 9:05:00 AM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Gotta figure Topeka's love for Google is going to turn sour, if it turns out to be unrequited.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 3:20:00 PM  
Blogger David Passmore said...

Will Google be swayed by the flashiest city gimmick...or by the best canvas on which to paint with broadband strokes?

Pittsburgh still presents the best possible use of this proposed network on the scale that Google says they want to operate (serving 50k-500k). UPMC, Pitt, and CMU offer almost unparalleled innovation possibility. Google mentioned they would be leaning towards a community that could make the big pipe sing.

Google has played this one very close to the vest...if they are truly looking to set this pilot network up, it's hard not to recognize PGH as being one of the best possible places for it.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 8:38:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

sort of like the city's love for Lamar?

Sorry... couldn't resist.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 8:40:00 PM  
Blogger David Passmore said...

You asked for an update, lo and behold, there is one to pass along:

Thursday, December 16, 2010 9:25:00 AM  

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