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Google Fiber is coming to nine more cities; but Lawrence is not on the list

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Google Fiber is soon to be in nine more cities

Google announced today that it would be considering laying fiber cable for nine more cities in the United States: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose.

The following articles are important to read, for starters.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/19/technology/google-fiber/

And

http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25180109/google-plans-big-expansion-fiber-internet-service-invites

While you are looking at Internet articles, the following article which appeared in today's New York Times regarding net neutrality is also very important. Be sure to read the comments section!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/20/business/fcc-to-propose-new-rules-on-open-internet.html?hp

Additionally, the following quote is very important. Think about Lawrence as you read this quotation.

"These cities are led by people who have been working hard to bring faster internet speeds and the latest technologies to their residents," the company stated in its blog post. "And they are diverse - not just geographically, but in the ways they'll give us opportunities to learn about the wide range of challenges and obstacles that communities might face in trying to build a new fiber network."

And where is Lawrence in this list? Of course - it's nowhere to be found.

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Lawrence Morgan 2 months ago

I might note that there is already plenty of course material on the Internet. Take, for example, many of the TED lectures. There is also increasing class material on line, including BBC projects every week. But I wonder if anyone cares about this in Lawrence - I have put some of these in my blogs, but there are never any responses.

Using this material and combining it with teaching would be ideal for schools. But high speed internet is important, and not just for learning.

Marada Dee, you hit it on the head: an environment of INNOVATION. That is what is needed in Lawrence - good teaching, high speed internet classes, and not only for younger people - there ought to be a City College of Lawrence, as well, for people of all ages, which I have gone into in detail on my other blogs.

Part of this is a state of mind - which is entirely different than doing Common Core classes. The first question of this state of mind is "the beginner's mind" - to quote a wonderful Zen book - to ask questions and expect multiple answers. The environment needs to be such that many different avenues are explored, especially world wide, because other cultures often have answers to questions that we, as westerners, are just beginning to explore.

The internet is a wonderful teaching tool, if you know how to use it. But that requires time of its own. It can't all be focused on answering questions and tests. There is much more to an atmosphere of INNOVATION than questions for a test that are only answered in a particular way.

There is also the need for art, music, history, all kinds of creativity in youngsters' lives - not just computer coding, which can be very dull after you have done it for a while. There is so much more to life than computer coding and the current very limited range of social networks. And there has to be the time there to explore and study it. More and more, this country, and Lawrence, seem to be headed towards a very limited knowledge range. And if that is true, it will take its toll later on in life!

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Marada Dee 2 months ago

I would be willing to pay higher taxes in order to get public schools high speed internet and computers. Everyone thought by now that schools would have a wired computer in every classroom, and even in my neighborhood with good schools, the computer lab is in the library which is staffed part time by a librarian paid by parent fundraising, as the budget doesn't cover the salary of enough teachers to teach, let alone supplementary salaries like librarians. The kids get an hour of computer lab a week. We are heavily taxed and the money goes to ill-researched lowest common denominator crap like Common Core instead of to school districts banning together to develop state of the art lectures for our children. We need creative teaching so our kids can compete in the global economy. High speed internet is great, but if the public is going to pay for it, lets invest in our future. Get schools out of the last century. Innovation creates jobs, and we are failing miserably at creating an environment of innovation.

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Richard Heckler 2 months ago

While I have no problem with faster service coming to town I do have a problem with taxpayers being asked to subsidize initial installation in addition to paying for use of service . Why should I pay for a service this family may never use? Google Fiber is not a necessity.

Also there is no hard evidence that Google Fiber will necessarily improve the long term economy. It is an assumption.

Google come to town on your nickle,hire an experienced local coordinator and let the chips fall where they may.

What exactly will Google offer? How much will it cost to a small market with several providers? Perhaps it is not practical relative to cost?

If WOW is concerned how can WOW improve customer relations and service? for less?

I say to white collar big name lobbyists stop the corrupt intervention!!!!!!!

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Dave Bonnell 2 months ago

From the Google site https://fiber.google.com/newcities/ discussing the new cities under consideration:

We’re going to work side-by-side with city leaders on a two-part joint planning process to evaluate whether we can bring Google Fiber to a community:

-> Complete a fiber-ready checklist

We’ll provide a checklist of things for these cities to complete to help make their area ready for fiber. We’re asking cities to provide us with information that can speed up planning and construction (e.g. maps of poles, conduit, existing water, gas, and electricity lines). We also ask that they streamline processes (e.g. permitting procedures and access to local infrastructure) to make it easier for a construction process of this scale to move quickly.

-> Begin a detailed city study

At the same time, Google Fiber will begin scoping the costs and timelines for building a new fiber-optic network. Google will conduct a detailed study of factors that affect construction plans, such as topography (e.g. hills, flood zones), housing density, and the condition of local infrastructure.

After we complete these steps, we hope to announce the next round of cities who’ll be getting Google Fiber by the end of 2014. While we’d love to bring Fiber to every one of these cities, it might not work out for everyone. Cities who have worked with us through this process, however, will have taken a big step forward in making their community ready for construction by any provider.

From the Google Fiber Blog:

How communities can facilitate fiber construction http://googlefiberblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/how-communities-can-facilitate-fiber.html

GIGABIT COMMUNITIES: Technical Strategies for Facilitating Public or Private Broadband Construction in Your Community

http://www.ctcnet.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/GigabitCommunities.pdf

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Joshua Montgomery 2 months ago

Oh, and for folks interested in Kansas SB 304 and it role in Kansas broadband. Here is a nice piece on it final fate:

http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/02/its-dead-kansas-municipal-internet-ban-was-stabbed-shot-and-hanged/

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Lawrence Morgan 2 months ago

I saw the article that Joshua Montgomery wrote and it's very good!

And, by the way, I am not employed by him in any way.

I am concerned about Lawrence's future, and the fact that we are being left behind by not having suitable employment, particularly, for all kinds of people - not just "techies". And I also want Lawrence to remain an attractive and liveable town, including walking and biking trails throughout Kansas, and a downtown that is dynamic and vibrant.

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Joshua Montgomery 2 months ago

I think the best way to bring them to town is to build the network ourselves and invite Google to be a carrier on it.

I wrote an Op-Ed on it for ArsTechnica: Http://goo.gl/gj66ec

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