The Triangle is one of nine metropolitan areas where Google is considering expanding its high-speed Internet and TV service known as Google Fiber.
Over the next several months, the company expects to do topography and infrastructure studies and hold planning conversations with local officials to determine whether the Triangle is suited for its network. Google’s fiber optic network offers residential customers 1 gigabit-per-second Internet service, which is nearly 100 times faster than most broadband connections in the United States.
“By the end of the year, we hope to provide an update on which cities we will be bringing Google Fiber to,” said Kevin Lo, general manager for Google Fiber.
Google Fiber could be coming to the Triangle, and executives are excited about what the news could mean – both for their businesses, their households and their communities.
So I suggested they share their thoughts on what Google Fiber would mean to the Triangle. They were happy to oblige:
Scot Wingo, CEO of Morrisville-based ChannelAdvisor (NYSE: ECOM):
“Faster speed and more choices are a rising tide for all internet applications, including ecommerce.”
Machelle Sanders, RTP-based vice president and general manager of Weston, Mass.-based Biogen Idec (Nasdaq: BIIB):
“While it sounds like a decision is still a ways off, it’s exciting to consider the possibilities that could come from bringing this technology to our region. This kind of development attracts the kinds of people that are going to drive the innovation economy here in the Triangle, and we definitely have the kind of community that would be able to leverage the opportunities that the Google technology could bring.”
Open data, open access and open source.
That’s the scope of the Open Raleigh initiative, currently under way in the City of Raleigh, N.C. The concerted effort aims to improve citizens’ ability to tap government data, sharpen city officials’ decision-making, promote open-source technology and increase high-speed Internet access.
The city council’s 2012 open government resolution provided the impetus for Open Raleigh, which is slated to expand this year. Gail Roper, Raleigh’s chief information officer, said the plan is consistent with the city’s overall push for greater transparency.
The effort got another lift recently through its collaboration with Code for America, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that places developers with local governments through its fellowship program. “The start of our Code for America initiative here helped us to be a little bit more strategic in terms of our effort to move forward,” Roper said.
N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker has invited all North Carolina households and businesses to participate in a new broadband survey released last week through NC Broadband.
The survey and scorecard project will be conducted all over North Carolina throughout October to help households and businesses throughout the state increase their economic vitality by better utilizing broadband technologies, according to a statement released from the N.C. Department of Commerce.
In looking at the way that the internet is performing across the world in 2013, it’s very clear that many countries are hitting their stride and growing in terms of their adoption of broadband. However, that growth comes at a cost: the progression of the internet is signaling the beginning of the end of United States’ place in the top tiers of performance, according to Akamai’s latest State of the Internet report for the second quarter of 2013.
The American Tobacco Historic District in Durham is one of seven sites selected to be part of Google’s new “Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network.” Centers will receive financial support, technology, equipment and discounts to various Google product offerings. (video)
For cities, counties and states across the country, today’s budgets leave little room to do much beyond deliver the most basic citizen services. However, despite a tough economic environment, it is more important than ever that our state and local governments invest in technology as it is the very thing that will drive economic growth.
Google Fiber will co-host a three-day conference in November that will bring together developers who want to create new applications that will be able to blossom on evolving high-speed, Gigabit Internet infrastructures such as Google Fiber.
The conference, the Gigabit Explorer Challenge
, will run from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3 in Kansas City, where Google Fiber was first proposed and launched back in the fall of 2012. –
Google Fiber has made gigabit Internet speeds seem tantalizingly within reach of so many Americans… unfortunately, it’s just not available to most of us.
But Internet service providers in various cities are promising gigabit fiber to the home with increasing frequency. Just this week, regional mobile ISP C Spire announced a competition to select a Mississippi community for gigabit service. Last week, an ISP in Chattanooga, Tennessee dropped its gigabit prices to $70 a month.
“Baby Boomers may be stepping up now to care for aging parents, but when they’re the ones who need the help, there might not be enough people to provide it.”
“According to a report released Monday from the AARP Public Policy Institute, over the next 20 years, as boomers get into their 80s, the number of potential caregivers will drop dramatically. In 2010, there were 7.2 possible caregivers (people aged 45 to 64 years old) for every person over the age of 80. By 2030, the AARP projects that ratio will fall to four to one and, by 2050, they expect it to reach less than three to one.”