Jay Hancock recently wrote a neat article in the Baltimore Sun that I thought deserved a post.
Google recently announced a project on its blog, which outlines a plan to build “ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States.” Installing optical figer carrying a gigabit of data per second to the doorsteps of at least 50,000 homes and businesses, Google would move data nearly a hundred times faster than that broadband normally allows. Sounds awesome? It gets better. Google would pay for it all, in order to usher in a new age of Internet and increase its standing as a cutting-edge company.
According to Hancock, Baltimore is a city that should and could win a bid for Google’s project.
“Getting a piece of the project would be a publicity coup for Baltimore, a jobs generator and a jolt for local Internet development,” Hancock writes. He then goes on to detail the reasons for Baltimore’s need and merit: proximity to DC, Baltimore’s many medical institutions (Google mentions “three-dimensional medical imaging over the Web” as the first benefit), Verizon’s absence in the city, and huge potential economic improvement for the city.
Social networks are exploding with the possibility, and representatives’ inboxes are filling up with requests for the bandwith. Just think: more jobs! economic interest! better schools! better hospitals! incredible internet! Yes please. Well, you guys are Baltimore city residents. So get started! Harass your representatives to your heart’s content, and let’s make it happen!