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Google Broadband for Albuquerque

Help Albuquerque be part of Google's 'ultra high speed' broadband pilot project.

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City Works Route 66 Angle 2 Replies

From the NM Biz Journal:City officials are discussing the term “Google 66,” an homage to Route 66, which runs through Albuquerque. But this would be an information superhighway, said John Garcia,…Continue

Started by Mark. Last reply by Eric Renz-Whitmore Mar 24, 2010.

Additional reasons why you believe that Google should select your community for this project: 3 Replies

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Started by someone else. Last reply by Ben Roberts Mar 23, 2010.

What is Google Fiber for Communities?

What is Google Fiber for Communities?Google is planning to launch an experiment that we hope will make Internet access better and…Continue

Tags: high, speed, broadband, project, rfi

Started by Mark Feb 26, 2010.

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Comment by someone else on July 16, 2010 at 7:46pm
Google has a site up about the project: http://www.fiberforcommunities.com
It looks like their focus is to pass legislation to include conduit construction in transportation projects.
Comment by Eric Renz-Whitmore on May 11, 2010 at 10:01am
Hey folks... looking at the possibility of some 'broadband awareness building' sometime in June -- Interested?
Maybe you can meet up during the Abq web geeks happy hour Wednesday:
http://www.dukecityfix.com/events/albuquerque-web-geeks-happy-9
Comment by Rock Schouman on March 29, 2010 at 11:32am
Gigabit fiber is already available here, just not everywhere yet. CityLink is a local company that cares about local interests, and has been instrumental in bringing modern connectivity to Albuquerque. The more support CityLink can get from the community, the more CityLink can expand it's network. Show your support by emailing us at FiberOpticToMyHome@citylinkfiber.com or FiberOpticToMyBusiness@citylinkfiber.com . CityLink is ready to grow services out to meet your needs.
Comment by Eric Renz-Whitmore on March 29, 2010 at 10:57am
I support the Google project for a variety of reasons, but I think one of the big issues we found was how to make (high end) broadband more affordable, which looks like a cycle of helping a variety of users understand its value which could drive up adoption and help drive down costs.

I'm hoping we can build on conversations like this to help start educating more people and building awareness; whether Citylink, Google or some other company is the carrier/provider, the whole city will benefit from more knowledge.
Comment by NinjaLooter on March 28, 2010 at 11:20pm
Google's broadband initiative will take to the end of the year to announce target communities. That's a good 6 to 9 months from now.

If Albuquerque is selected from the 600 applicants, there will be planning and roll out of fiber construction network beyond this time. Google fiber could take until 2012, at the earliest, to start showing up at a very small number of homes.

If people want fiber optic speeds for internet, sooner rather than later, look at helping to build community support for Citylink now.
Comment by NinjaLooter on March 28, 2010 at 10:50pm
From Bloomburg Business Week.
March 27, 2010, 9:46 PM EDT
Google Says 600 Communities Seek Broadband Project (Update2)

March 26 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc., planning to build a local broadband network as a test project, has received more than 600 responses from communities interested in the effort.

More than 190,000 individuals also have requested information, Google said today on its blog. The company announced plans last month to build a fiber-optic network that would serve between 50,000 and 500,000 people, providing connections that are 100 times faster than current networks.

“As we narrow down our choices, we’ll be conducting site visits, meeting with local officials and consulting with third- party organizations,” James Kelly, a product manager, said in the blog posting. “Based on a rigorous review of the data, we will announce our target community or communities by the end of the year.”

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-03-27/google-says-600-communi...
Comment by Ben Paxton on March 25, 2010 at 12:16pm
Michael any person you meet on the internet is a Professional Web Designer, webdesign isn't a big deal.what I was implying is its not always that simple to continually update a website just cause your service area has improved.Your missing the point. but to correct you I'm not here to defend said company but more less to defend small biz, and You seem to have more gripes with City Link then anyone else so it kinda pisses me off,btw after you fill out the fios thing for verison there is a 2nd form for notification when its in your area.
Comment by Rock Schouman on March 25, 2010 at 11:09am
Michael,
I understand where your coming from regarding our online form, but not all people share your aversion. We had 4 fill out the form yesterday alone. I agree that we need a simple coverage map, and am currently working on making that happen. I also agree about the Fiber Optic petition, and have been using that for some time now. Our email addresses for it are FiberOpticToMyHome@citylinkfiber.com and FiberOpticToMyBusiness@citylinkfbier.com. I have sent many emails to Albuquerque Neighborhood associations to generate some response. I have collected quite a few responses to this.
As to your last question, its a simple answer. Call me at (505) 938-6312 and let me know where your Office Park is located. My osmosis seems to be non-functional at this time. You can also email me the address to rock@citylinkfiber.com or to one of the address listed above.

Thank you for responding, and have a nice day.
Comment by Mark on March 24, 2010 at 3:19pm
The discussion forum above makes it much easier to follow threads of thought. We should try using it rather than the comment wall.
Comment by Michael Bernstein on March 24, 2010 at 2:03pm
Rock, thanks for the response. I wasn't making a moral judgement about requiring more information on the form, but a practical one: Fewer people will fill out the form if there are more fields, and if more of the fields are required. It is to my advantage to get more people in my area inquiring about your service, but I haven't been able to get many of them to cross the hurdle of filling out your current form. The fact the other companies do this too isn't much of an excuse.

Think about it this way: You are making people initiate a customer service inquiry to find out basic information about your service that should already be on your public website. The broadband duopolies may be able to get away with that, but I don't think you want to emulate their example, unless you have their advertising budgets too.

A better approach would be to have a coverage area map on the one hand, and a 'I want CityLink in my neighborhood!" form for people outside the current coverage areas. Heck, make it a public 'petition', add in some twitter integration to spread the form around, and watch the responses roll in.

Anyway, I already know that CityLink does not currently service my neighborhood, but I also know you're working on deploying to an office park about a mile away. So, would you be comfortable answering the question "when will your service be available in my area"?
 

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