Google (do I really need to give you a link?) will pick one or more cities nationwide to test out its “ultra-fast” broadband technology, which is reportedly up to 100 times as fast the broadband you might currently enjoy. And the good news is that a group in Lansing is already hard at work to convince Google to put Lansing at the top of its list.
The roster of coalition members includes heavyweights such as the city of Lansing and surrounding communities, as well as local utilities and ACDNet. The site also has a link to Google’s form that asks people to nominate their communities – click here to nominate Lansing.
If selected, Google would install the latest fiber-optic cables to reach between 50,000 to 500,000 people in the area. In addition to the jobs created to install the state-of-the-art broadband infrastructure, having this high-speed access would give our city a tremendous competitive advantage in new media.
I just used Speedtest.net to test the connection speeds on my Broadsdtripe cable modem – download was 9.13 and upload was 1.62, which only earned me a rating of 1.9 stars out of 5. And that’s on a good day.
Test your connection, and I am sure you will agree – we need this.