The City of Portland's response to Google in connection with Google's Request For Invitations to construct an ultra high speed broadband system has been submitted, and acknowledged by Google. If our application is successful, Google will construct a fiber-optic system in Portland that will provide capacity for Internet service 100x faster than available today, at no cost to the City. Customers would pay to use the service.
David Olson, the Director of the Office of Cable Communications and Franchise Management, who led the team submitting the application with Deputy Director Mary Beth Henry, sent much of the following information.
The City of Portland submitted two proposals:
In conjunction with the proposal to Google, the Portland Development Commission has established a website to encourage Google's consideration of Portland as a leadiing potential site for their proposed ultra high speed broadband system. The website, illustrating the depth and breadth of Portland and our City and community response to Google's visionary project, is here:
Thank you, community volunteers Sheldon Renan and Peter & Trudy Johnson-Lenz, for providing many hours of crucial support throughout the application process. Many other Portlanders sent encouragement about participating to the City, and hopefully also communicated their support and excitement to Google. Keep doing that, please! Go to the web site and tell Google why they would love to come to Portland. Thanks also to City staff Gerald Baugh, Brendan Finn, Skip Newberry, Mary Beth Henry, David Olson, Tim Crail, and Tom Bizeau, and to the Portland Development Commission web designers and staff.
GO PORTLAND! Choose us, please, Google!