Friday, March 12, 2010

Google Duluth: The Big Buzz

I'm sure that no one in Chile cares that much, nor do they care too much in Nebraska, or Philadelphia, Pensacola, Tijuana or Rio, but there's been some excitement building here in Duluth, and it's not the warm weather bringing it on. And no, it's not a Super Bowl or anything like that either, though to see the glow on a few of faces around here you might think it's a Super Bowl caliber event.

Here's the buzz: Google Duluth.

Sam Cook's column in the Duluth News Tribune today states, "Google has invited cities of 50,000 to 500,000 to show why they ought to receive an investment of $50 million to $100 million from the company to bring high-speed fiber-optic service to everyone who wants it."

Naturally every medium small city in the country should be going bonkers to be on the receiving end of this windfall. The infrastructure Google plans to roll out will be 100 to 1000 times faster than the fastest net connections mortals have yet experienced.

On March 20th, like next weekend, there's going to be a Google Fest at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. They want to see excitement. Eyes aglow and hearts a-flutter. Insane desire and drama. A multitude screaming hysterically, "I want it."

The event will be streamed live online including live music and gooey face paint. Yep, the whole ball of wax, wrapped in candy wrappers, will be flared into the cyberuniverse.

For a little less hyperbole, read the rest of Sam's column yourself. I think you'll get the picture.

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