Google is looking for communities who want them to invest in and
help build a fiber (ultra-hi-speed Internet) network. The City
of Seattle is applying and needs you to join in by nominating
your community to Google and by sharing your interest through our
website and Facebook page, and share this email with others.
Let's show we care about keeping Seattle a vibrant, sustainable
Nominate your community for Google's fiber pilot project - By
this Friday, March 26th! Read below and see more at
Why does it matter?
Fiber to the home would be about 100 times faster than Seattle
customers currently have, will transform the way we live, work
and play. Here's how it would help:
For Consumers: Competition and choice will lead to lower prices,
new innovative service offerings and better service. 3D video
could be delivered in real time.
Speed Saves Time: Residents will be able to download a DVD movie
in less than 1 minute. On today's networks it takes about an hour
Save driving & help the environment: Real high speed Internet
makes it easier to telecommute, deliver something across town or
across the world, or hold meetings with others online and reduce
congestion and pollution.
Improving education: Students could take classes from home
through fully interactive high definition video connections.
Tutors & subject experts can be brought in to your home or
Health: Seniors, homebound or others in need would be able to
have video visits with medical staff or use home health
Doctors can consult with other experts quickly by sending or
receiving large xrays or other data rich diagnostic files in a
Public engagement and community meetings: People could connect
via real- time video conferencing in multiple locations (from
home, schools or community centers) for town hall meetings.
Jobs & business: This would bring new innovation and new jobs
Researchers and business want to locate where they have access to
fiber, talent and high quality of life.
Disabilities and language interpretation: A sign or other
language interpreter could be called upon for video translation
for social services, business or government needs.
Culture & the Arts: This provides an opportunity to deliver
performances and collaborate on cultural events and creation from
Less expensive computers: People would all be able to buy less
expensive computers because applications, data storage and
processing power will be accessible in real time over the web.
No one can predict all of the new applications that will be
developed over Google network. That is what makes it so exciting.
Bandwidth is the raw material of the information age and the tech
savvy residents and businesses of Seattle will experiment with
that bandwidth to create new service and applications that will
improve our quality of life.
Take action: Residents in other cities are aggressively
campaigning for the Google support to build in their communities.
Go to www.seattle.gov/broadband
to find out more, and link to the Google nomination page and our
Facebook page (sign up to be a fan).
or call 684-0600 for additional information.
Here are specifics about telling Google to pick Seattle
(nominating your community)
How Can You Help?
On behalf of your neighborhood, organization, or business, you
can fill out the section of Googleâ€™s Request for Information
(RFI) that is geared toward residents and community groups.
Responses are due back to Google by March 26.
This section of the RFI allows neighborhoods, organizations, or
businesses to make their pitch to Google for why Google should
build a fiber-to-the-home network in a particular area of
Seattle. The questions in this section focus on (a) why Google
should pick a particular neighborhood for their pilot; and (b)
what's the type, quality, and price of current internet services
in that neighborhood.
How Do I Fill Out the RFI?
Below are step-by-step instructions for filling out the residents
and community groups section of the RFI:
1. Go to Google's website
2. Click on the Get Involved button.
3. Login (if you already have an account).
4. If you do not have an account, click on â€œCreate an
Account Now. Follow the instructions for creating an account â€“
this will include responding to an â€œemail address verificationâ€
email that Google will email to the address you provide them.
5. Go back to where you were in the Google website and
click on Nominate your Community. This will bring up the list
of questions that you will respond to on line, and submit to
Google when you are finished.
Technology Matching Fund Manager
CIty of Seattle