According to Google, they received more than 1,100 community responses and more than 194,000 responses from individuals interested in Google Fiber for Communities. (The deadline was yesterday.) They have created a map that shows where the communities are located and pinpoints areas that had more than 1,000 individual responses. It looks as if Duluth/Twin Ports was one of a dozen or so communities to reach that level of community response.
So who applied from Minnesota? I don’t have a definitive list, but with some help from Ann Higgins, I have compiled a list: (I’ve tried to include links to the applicants themselves where I could find a web site. If someone has a link or community to add please send it my way.)
Additions sent to me (thanks for sending!)
- Red Wing Downtown Mainstreet
- Southwest Cable Commission – Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Richfield and Minnetonka
It seems as if almost everyone has been getting into the game. Governor Pawlenty announced that yesterday (the deadline for the Google application) was Google Twin Ports Day. There are a few folks who wonder why cities are wasting their time (at tax payers’ expense). It’s been fun to watch from the sidelines. But the big question is – now what?
According to Google…
Over the coming months, we’ll be reviewing the responses to determine where to build. As we narrow down our choices, we’ll be conducting site visits, meeting with local officials and consulting with third-party organizations. Based on a rigorous review of the data, we will announce our target community or communities by the end of the year.
Of course, we’re not going to be able to build in every interested community — our plan is to reach a total of at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people with this experiment. Wherever we decide to build, we hope to learn lessons that will help improve Internet access everywhere. After all, you shouldn’t have to jump into frozen lakes and shark tanks to get ultra high-speed broadband
They note that we’re the huge response has already demonstrated that “people across the country are hungry for better and faster Internet access”.