For Immediate Release
March 26, 2010
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Today, Mayor Thomas M. Menino declared the City of Boston “Google Ready” as officials filed the city’s application to receive Google’s innovative ultra-high speed broadband internet service. Recently, the internet search engine company announced it would accept applications for Google Fiber – an advanced network capable of downloading information at one billion bits per second, multiple times faster than what is available by current Internet Service Providers (ISP) at competitive prices. Boston, which has produced a promotional video and Facebook fanpage called “Bring Google to Boston!”, joins over a hundred other municipalities vying for the internet service.
“Boston has a long history of innovation. From our nation’s first public schools and public libraries to modern advances in medicine and technology, Boston has a track record of launching ideas that change the world,” said Mayor Menino. “As Google’s partner, Boston is ready to quickly and efficiently implement this innovative concept and then push this new infrastructure to its limits.”
The City’s application expresses a shared vision with Google of creating dramatic gains in internet access and inclusion especially in currently underserved, low-income neighborhoods, citing the program’s potential for immense technological and social change. Boston has seen this kind of change already through its Technology Goes Home Program that pairs public school students with laptops to take home and use as part of their everyday school work.
Boston’s application proposes a scope of implementation that includes connecting all parts of the city in a program called the OpportunityHub. Included in the proposed plan are the Longwood Medical Center, one of the country’s main hubs of scientific research and discovery, the newly emerging Innovation District, Boston’s academic institutions and the “Circle of Promise” region where city officials are focusing on providing greater opportunity for young people and their parents by implementing place-based supports, boosting student achievement and eliminating the cycle of poverty.
Google has expressed that a key factor in picking a winner is a city’s ability to deploy the service quickly and efficiently, something that Bill Oates, Chief Information Officer for the City of Boston and a member of Mayor Menino’s Cabinet, believes is one of Boston’s strengths.
“We want Google to know that we’re ready for them to plug in on day one and we have an extremely supportive community that is ready, willing and able to help this project move forward,” said Bill Oates, Chief Information Officer for the City of Boston and a member of Mayor Menino’s Cabinet. “Simply put, Boston is ‘Google Ready.’”
To support its extremely competitive bid, the City of Boston produced a video to complement its application and has also launched a “Bring Google to Boston!” Facebook fanpage. Followers of the page can discuss the potential uses of the high-speed network and find updates on the application and review process. The video, application narrative and Mayor Menino’s letter to Google are all posted on the fanpage as well.