Google Fiber for Communities application
Connecting every home and business in Seattle with an open access fiber broadband network has always been a top priority for Mayor McGinn, and the Fiber Partnership's extensive network of excess fiber provided us with a huge advantage relative to other cities interested in building similar networks.
On February 10th, 2010 Google announced their Fiber for Communities Request for Information (RFI) to build an ultra high-speed fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network in a major American city. Their vision of an open access network was very similar to McGinn’s plan, and later that month the City of Seattle submitted an official response to Google's RFI, emphasizing the value of the Fiber Partnership’s existing excess fiber to a 3rd party looking to build out a private FTTH network.
While Kansas City was ultimately selected as the first community to receive Google Fiber, the application process clearly demonstrated the demand for gigabit internet in Seattle.
You can read the Mayor’s blog post from February 11th, 2010 here.
Letters of support:
- Mayor McGinn
- Seattle City Council
- University of Washington
- Washington Technology Industry Association
- Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association