We’ve all probably heard the news by now that Google has announced their selection of Kansas City as the location for their fiber to the home testbed project. While this is disappointing for all of the remaining 1,000 communities who applied for that honor, it can continue to serve as a motivation and inspiration for continuing our efforts at enhancing broadband connectivity in Blacksburg.
For those of you who want to read up on the Google decision, and related implications, speculations, and imaginations, here is a collection of recent articles that Jim Baller recently included on his daily email list. (Jim Baller is a Washington DC based attorney who works with municipalities who build their own network infrastructure around the country and is considered a champion of rural broadband.)
More on Google’s selection of
Kansas City, KS
“Will Google pick additional fiber
“Google is not the only route to a
fiber city” – “What do we need
Google for anyway?”
- Learn about the Town of Blacksburg's Vision for communications network infrastructure and its goals by year 2015.
- Listen and participate in presentations by members of our community who will give examples of innovative uses of broadband and what the future holds for businesses, education, the arts, healthcare, and more.
- Meet our community's private sector telecommunications providers and discuss your needs and interests with them.
- See a demo of the Federally-funded broadband mapping initiative and how you can contribute broadband data for the FCC's National Broadband Plan.
- Learn about "3-D Blacksburg" and see examples of ways in which technology can enhance commerce, education, and tourism.