U.S. Cities In 43 States Vying For Google Fiber

Updated 26 March
More than 100 cities and counties in 43 states have official and unofficial efforts to develop a pitch for Google’s fiber contest by 26 March. Apparently missing: Delaware, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Wyoming. But there’s an unofficial Facebook page for Washington, DC.

On 10 February, Google announced that it was “planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States.” The company explained:

We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

Of course, Google is mum on how it’s really going to make the decision although it has an FAQ. And it’s getting a pile of data: the public citizen form will help it assess broadband availability in a way that’s not possible from public statements from Verizon or Comcast, for example.

Cash-strapped city officials understand the competitive advantage that a high-speed broadband initiative can mean for economics, both business activity and in-migration attractiveness. It will be interesting to see how many cities with official pitches to Google continue to seek ways to fund this infrastructure when they don’t win the Google prize.

This project is an interesting intersection of business and government as well as citizen action and government. There are lots of folks with Facebook accounts who want their governments to be proactive in improving Internet access. What’s sad is that most of them have had no response from a city official — the walls are empty of public official interaction. I hope some of these activists resist the temptation to be discouraged by the lack of attention and, instead, run for office to kick the stick-in-the-muds out!

Here’s my list of reported applicants by state. If you know of others, please add as a comment (along with a link that documents the effort) and I’ll integrate into this list.

City names link to an official page; otherwise, there is a news link or Facebook page. Some FB pages are citizen-run campaigns, not official city pages. I’ve not included fan or group pages that are incomplete or that have only a handful of supporters.

Alabama

Akaska

Arizona

California

  1. Alameda (news)
  2. Chico (Facebook – unofficial)
  3. Cupertino (news)
  4. Davis (Facebook – unofficial)
  5. Fresno (news)
  6. Merced (news)
  7. Nevada City
  8. Petaluma (Facebook – unofficial)
  9. San Francisco (news)
  10. San Luis Obispo (Facebook – unofficial)
  11. Santa Clarita (Facebook)
  12. Santa Cruz (event)
  13. Sunnyvale (news)
  14. Ventura (Facebook)
  15. Westlake Village (Facebook – unofficial)

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

  1. Gainesville (news)
  2. Orlando
  3. Sarasota (Facebook)
  4. St. Petersburg (Facebook – unofficial)

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

  1. Evanston
  2. Peoria (news, Facebook)
  3. Quincy (Facebook)
  4. Urbana-Champaign (Facebook)

Indiana

  1. Anderson (Facebook)
  2. Indianapolis
  3. South Bend (news)
  4. Westfield (Facebook – unofficial)

Iowa

  1. Ames (Facebook – unofficial)
  2. Clinton (Facebook)
  3. Des Moines
  4. Dubuque (Facebook – unofficial)
  5. Iowa City (Facebook – unofficial)

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

  1. Baton Rouge (news, Facebook)
  2. New Orleans (Facebook – unofficial; Twitter)

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

  1. Ann Arbor (news)
  2. Birmingham (news, Facebook)
  3. Detroit (news)
  4. Grand Rapids (news-pdf, Facebook)
  5. Holland (Facebook)
  6. Kalamazoo (Facebook)
  7. Lansing and East Lansing (Facebook – unofficial)
  8. Muskegon (Facebook)

Minnesota

  1. Duluth (news, Facebook, YouTube)
  2. Shakopee (Facebook – unofficial)

Mississippi

Missouri

  1. Columbia (Facebook)
  2. GigaRegion – 3 state joint project (Facebook)
  3. Kansas City (news)
  4. Kirksville (news, Facebook)
  5. St. Louis (news, Facebook)

Montana

  1. Billings (news)
  2. Bozeman (news)
  3. Butte (news)
  4. Missoula (news)

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

  • Jersey City (news)

New Mexico

New York

  1. Buffalo (Facebook – unofficial)
  2. Ontario County (news)
  3. Rochester (news, Facebook – unofficial)
  4. Troy (Facebook)

North Carolina

  1. Asheville (Facebook – unofficial)
  2. Chapel Hill and Carrboro (news)
  3. Durham (Facebook – unofficial)
  4. Greensboro (Facebook)
  5. Raleigh (Facebook – unofficial)

North Dakota

Ohio

  1. Cincinnati (news, Facebook)
  2. Delaware County (news)

Oklahoma

Oregon

  1. Hood River (news)
  2. Portland

Pennsylvania

  1. Allentown (Facebook – unofficial)
  2. Philadelphia (news)

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

  1. Knoxville (news)
  2. Memphis (news, Facebook, announcement)

Texas

  1. Austin (Facebook)
  2. Longview (Facebook – unofficial)
  3. McKinney (news)

Utah

  1. Park City (Facebook)
  2. Provo (Facebook – unofficial)
  3. UTOPIA consortium of 16 (news)

Vermont

Virginia

  1. Charlottesville
  2. Fairfax County

Washington

  1. Bellevue (news)
  2. Bellingham (news, Facebook)
  3. Kirkland (news)
  4. Renton (news)
  5. Seattle
  6. Spokane (Facebook – unofficial)
  7. Walla Walla

West Virginia

  1. Garrett County
  2. Huntington
  3. Morgantown (Facebook)

Wisconsin

  1. Appleton (Facebook – unofficial)
  2. Madison (news, Facebook, Twitter)
  3. Milwaukee (news)

Wyoming

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11 thoughts on “U.S. Cities In 43 States Vying For Google Fiber

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    Clark Mackey

    March 19, 2010 at 4:01pm

    Thanks for the great roundup. It would be so interesting to be in Google’s shoes watching all this happen. There is a nice side effect happening in all these places: intense cooperation. Maybe we can all get along after all!

    Asheville’s Google fiber home page: googleavl.com
    Twitter: #googleavl
    And I see you already have the Facebook group listed.

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    mariecolby

    March 16, 2010 at 4:16am

    I’m not sure how you’ll add it to the list, but the 3-state area covering parts of Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma have teamed up to submit for fiber. The site is with the official info is at http://www.broadbandbeyondborders.com

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