Nevada City will host a rally, march and party on Sunday to show community-wide support for a proposal dubbed 95959google to land the service here. It will be held at 1 p.m. at Robinson Plaza in the historic district.
“Western Nevada County is the ideal rural beta site,” said Chip Carman of Spiral Internet, which is spearheading the campaign. “We would be a great companion to an urban deployment of Google Fiber.”
There are some compelling historic reasons, as well as existing ones:
•The first long-distance commercial telephone call occurred here during the Gold Rush, in 1878.
•The first telephone network, consisting of five phones, operated here as well.
•In the ’60s Grass Valley Group created the HD broadcast video industry here.
We still are a mecca for HD. We also have many tech savvy, creative and educated residents who can help test the service.
The 95959google initiative also will encompass neighboring Grass Valley, where we have a hospital and community college campus.
This is the kind of grassroots initiative that has helped put Nevada City on the map as a leader in energy conservation. The city has more solar installations per capita than any other California city.
Spiral previously has teamed up with the county Economic Resource Council and Broadband Leadership Council to look for technical and financial solutions to expand broadband access here with an initiative called Nevada County Connected.
HIgh-speed internet access is a cornerstone to economic development in our rural community.
For its part, Google is planning to target a small number of communities, encompassing between 50,000 and 500,000 households.
It faces some hurdles in building a potentially $1 billion network, including providing content as well as infrastructure challenges.
“We know that other companies have been in the business a long time,” a Google spokesman told the Wall Street Journal this week. “We’re not pretending to have all the answers.”
In Cleveland, an initiative is underway that would connect 104 houses, several hospitals and Caste Western Reserve University to a 1-gigabit per second service, according to the Journal. It is expected to go live this month.