Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has voiced his support for bringing Google Fiber to the City Beautiful. “Fiber” is an internet service provided by the search engine giant that provides internet at speeds up to 100 times faster than what most Americans have today.
The selection process in which Google deploys this service is competitive with only a handful of communities having access to the service. Stanford, Kansas City, Provo, and Austin since 2013, it was recently announced that Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, and Atlanta were cities that had been tabbed for future service.
A petition at Change.org has been started which feature Mayor Dyer’s comments…
I am proud to support this petition as I have been a longtime supporter of bringing Google Fiber to Orlando. In 2010 we launched a campaign with tech leaders to convince Google to make Orlando the first City to gain Google Fiber.
Google is however only one of many companies looking to bring gigabit internet into cities. We are committed to working with any organization looking to bring fiber to our residents and businesses. This includes providing information about existing infrastructure, helping to ensure access to that infrastructure and working to make any construction speedy and predictable.
Becoming a gigabit city has also been identified by the Project DTO task force in the finding of needs report and was included as part of one of our ten big ideas for the future of Downtown in the State of Downtown.
We look forward to working with Google or any other company to better connect the homes and businesses inside the City.
You can sign the petition HERE.