Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 6:07 am


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Hooper hates school. Hooper loves creating online games via the interface at Cartoon Network’s Web site. Indeed, Hooper wants to do this for a living when he grows up. This is not a completely unrealistic dream — indeed, a lot of people are making a lot of money doing it not terribly far from here.  And if he achieves this dream, he will be able to support me in the style to which I hope to become accustomed, which would be my dream.

But here’s the thing: Online gaming is one of the most resource-intensive things you can do on the Internet. So, for Hooper to pursue his dream, particularly in a way that would allow me to achieve my dream — let’s keep our eye on the ball here, people — we, to paraphrase Roy Scheider in “Jaws,” are going to need a bigger pipe.

Enter Google Fiber, and Greensboro’s efforts to attract that project. All the confusing technical stuff aside, if Google picked Greensboro, it would come here and install, ahead of the national curve, home Internet connections approximately 100 or more times as fast as currently available residential broadband and more than 30 times as fast as many existing commercial network connections. That kind of capacity has implications in business, education (this city of 225,000 has more than 40,000 college students alone), health care, the arts, and many other fields in ways we can envision and in ways that probably haven’t even been dreamed of yet. And Greensboro is perfect: It has a diverse population, a lot of education and health care users (who tend to push the boundaries of network performance) who will give Google a lot of good test data, and an active, vocal, creative online community.

If you live in the Greensboro area and think, as I do, that this match was made in heaven, you need to go and tell Google why it should make Greensboro its test market. Click on the button above and follow the instructions. We have until March 26 to get our info/pitches/proposals/begs in to Google. Let’s make this happen.

UPDATE 3/18: I’m delighted to deviate from my standard practice of not blogging about the day job to report that my boss (well, technically, my boss’s boss), Brent DeVore, sat down today with renowned local videntrepreneur Tom Lassiter to talk about why he thinks Google Fiber and Greensboro are a sweet match. I’ll link to Tom’s video when he posts it. Here’s Tom’s video:

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