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March 2010 - Posts

Deadline approaches for Google Fiber for Communities RFI

The City of Round Rock is putting the final touches on our response to Google's Request For Information (RFI) for its Fiber for Communities project.

If you would still like to have your voice heard, we will keep our survey open until Monday, March 22. As of March 19, over 800 Round Rock residents have taken the survey. For information on the City's efforts can be found at www.roundrocktexas.gov/google.

We realize that communities around the United States are excited about the prospect of ultra-high speed Internet. Too many to count are vying for Google's attention, so we put together a short and sweet video on why we think Round Rock is a great choice.



In other high speed Internet news, the Federal Communications Commission released their National Broadband Plan on March 16 and have posted a wealth of information at www.broadband.gov.

From their website:

"The National Broadband Plan lays out a bold roadmap to America's future. These initiatives will stimulate economic growth, spur job creation, and boost our capabilities in education, healthcare, homeland security and more.

Explore the Plan below and learn more about how affordable, high-speed broadband access will help America lead in the 21st century."

Online communication is becoming vital in our daily lives, and the overwhelming local and national response to Google's RFI makes that evident.

Come on Google, we're feeling lucky.

Game on, Google! City of Round Rock to respond to Fiber for Communities RFI

It's official: The City of Round Rock is in the game for the Google Fiber for Communities project.

We've created a page on our website for project information, roundrocktexas.gov/google. There, you'll find links to a survey where we ask about community support for the project, as well as links to our Facebook page and a project email box, roundrocktexasdotgov@gmail.com. We'll add to that page as needed.

We are in the process of completing Google's Request for Information (RFI), which asks questions about demographics, community support, regulatory issues, construction methods, etc. Building a fiber network is a complicated process from a regulatory standpoint, so we'll be doing whatever we can to streamline that aspect of the project. Deadline for the RFI is March 26.

We know many of you are eager to support this endeavor. The best way is to complete the survey (use the link above) and/or add a comment to our Facebook page or via Twitter. We'll be brainstorming Twitter hashtags and other social media strategies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Friday, March 5, at the Jelly at Star Co. on Main Street.

We will also be reaching out to our institutional partners like the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas State University and Austin Community College for their support. We'll be working with the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce to round up business support for the project.

I'll update the City Council at its 7:30 a.m. work session on Tuesday, March 9. We'll have a resolution of support on the Council's March 25 meeting agenda.

We are seeking your support. Take the survey and let us know what you think.