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: