Big turnout for Google “We’re the G spot” rally

Google sign at Las Katrinas
Locals turned out Sunday with colorful signs, noisemakers and high-(tech) spirits to show their support for Nevada City’s bid for ultra-high-speed Net service.

Dubbed 95959google.com, Nevada City is bidding to become a site for testing one gigabit per second fiber-to-the-home connections — fast enough to let you download an HD movie in five minutes.

It was a gorgeous, spring-like day with an ebullient crowd — capturing Nevada City’s creative, intelligent and innovative spirit.

Our family checked out the festivities and grabbed some lunch at Las Katrinas. Some other merchants, ranging from Indian Springs Winery to Treats ice cream, were ringing up sales from the crowd. We saw our neighbors marching up the street with Google signs. (Jokes such as the “We’re the ‘G’ spot” sign was suggested by event planners nationally).

The colorful group of all ages lined the streets from the Bonanza Market on Broad Street to South Pine street to rally for the right to be a Google “host city.”

They were dressed in Google colors of red, blue, yellow and green, as they pushed some beach balls up Broad Street. Some wore “Google” glasses. A video will be produced from the festivities as part of the 95959google.com bid.

Many business and civic leaders were present, ranging from county Supervisor Ed Scofield to Nevada City manager Gene Albaugh. Real-estate agent Rolf Kleinhans, who is running for county Assessor, poked his head out of the door of his Broad Street office to chat with visitors.

A celebration, including music, dancing and a community potluck, was held later at the Miners Foundry.

The 95959google.com bid will include Grass Valley. Some of the other communities competing for the service are here.

Some photos from Sunday at 95959 Google’s Facebook page are here:

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

10 thoughts on “Big turnout for Google “We’re the G spot” rally”

  1. Hey! Wait a minute!

    Isn’t Google one of those mega-corporations that liberals so much love to hate? How can it be that the very center of Nevada County liberalism wants to not only embrace but jump into bed with Google?

  2. Mr. Kesti,

    I have noticed that you like to come into this blog every now and again, mostly to throw rocks. Back in the day, you and I worked together at the Grass Valley Group.

    Here is my challenge to you. Call my on my cell: 902-3549. Let’s have a meeting. I am going to give you 3 days to respond to my request. After that date, I will assume you are not interested in solving problems, only in throwing rocks.

    I am only addressing your post regarding the Google initiative, nothing else. Your characterization of how so-called “liberals” view free markets and business is hurtful, idiotic, illogical, to the point of being a non sequitur.

    I don’t know if you are a TPP, but they were noticeably absent at today’s event. I thought the TPP were all about free markets! Here we have a fabulously successful private company offering to install fiber optic cable to some lucky community’s households at no charge, so that they can experiment with the technology, and your post is nothing but a bashing of “liberals.”

    I am scratching my head, and I look forward to your call.

    Michael Anderson

      1. Thanks Adam, nice to see you here.

        We really do have a shot at this Google thing. Myself and several others involved with the Googlebit initiative were interviewed by the New York Times reporter who covers the Google beat yesterday and today. They are doing a color story on communities across the country who are submitting applications. So far, we are looking very viable, as far as I can tell.

  3. I encourage everyone who is interested in this initiative to submit his or her own individual comment in support of the local municipal application to Google.

    I explain this “Virtual Googlebit Rally” idea more fully here.

    1. Don, I applaud your submission to Google. Your submission makes an excellent case for Google to choose our area. As you so eloquently stated, we are an emblematic or archetypal rural community that would prove beneficial to Google and to our local economy. One hopes that they are encouraged to take the drive from the Bay Area to our area to see for themselves.

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