Recently, a group of community members met to discuss the City of Lakeland’s application to Google to be considered as a test community for ultra-high speed broadband. I knew it would be a cool meeting, but I didn’t quite know why… I am a self-proclaimed tech-moron.
I sent an email to one of our board members asking if perhaps she would come and mask my ignorance, and she graciously obliged. The question of the day was “What would you do with 10gb?” Not knowing what I’d do with or without 10gb, I asked Linda Jezard. Her response has become my understanding: “You can never have enough gigabits, dahling… they’re like shoes and handbags!”
Here’s an excerpt from the Google Web site announcing the project:
Google is planning to build, and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the country. We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We’ll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000, and potentially up to 500,000 people.
This group will meet again and will continue to meet to educate the community & generate buzz about the possibilities that ultra-high speed fiber would open for our community.
Think about this… at the turn of the century, Lakeland was the most well-connected community in the state- by roads. What can we do to make Lakeland well connected in the beginning of this century and beyond?
Help us make the case to Google. Click the Nominate Your Community button at http://bit.ly/LakelandFiber and take just a few moments to answer some non-technical questions about our network and the need in Lakeland. (I believe you need a Google account to complete the survey- a small step to bring something so powerful to Lakeland!)
To share information on the move to “Connect Lakeland” for the future, we’ve set up a Web site. Visit, help, learn, participate. We think you’ll be glad you did!