What’s Google looking for in a fiber community? Three little things…

Google recently posted its Google Fiber City Checklist – a list of things it wants from a community in which it’s looking to provide service. I thought their shortlist would be if interest to many readers as they dream of Google and consider other options…

There are three core items on our fiber ready checklist.

• Provide information about existing infrastructure: We’re asking your city to provide accurate information about local infrastructure like utility poles, conduit and existing water, gas and electricity lines so we’d know where to efficiently place every foot of fiber.

• Help ensure access to existing infrastructure: We’re asking your city to help ensure that we, and other providers, can access and lease existing infrastructure. It would be wasteful and disruptive to put up duplicate utility poles or to dig up streets unnecessarily, when we could use existing poles or conduit.

• Help make construction speedy and predictable: We’re asking your city to make sure you have efficient and predictable permit and construction processes appropriate for a project as large as a Google Fiber network build.

These three items are based on guidelines from the Fiber to the Home Council and the U.S. Conference of Mayors and clear a path for anyone willing to build a fiber network. We are not asking for any special treatment, tax incentives, or subsidies.

 

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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