Thursday, February 11, 2010
Imagine the top end of Atlanta as a technology hub tied together with the fastest internet. Let's ask Google to help make it happen.
Google is test-marketing blazingly-fast ultra-high-speed Internet service in a few markets. Lucky residents will be able to purchase Internet service at speeds up to 1 Gb. This is orders of magnitude faster than current Internet offerings.
What if the Cities of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Chamblee & Doraville partnered with Google on providing a fiber-optic network to every home and then every business in the area? This type of infrastructure would be a fantastic boon to the residents as well as the many corporations in the area. It is my belief that a multi-city partnership like this would not only be feasible but it would be highly successful on many levels.
Together the cities have population of about 150,000 but the day time office populations jump to approximately 300,000 people.
The area is served by a mix of single & multi-family residential as well as established commercial centers that need and would thrive on the faster internet service provided. The area has the corporate headquarters of InterContinental Hotels, United Parcel Service, Mirant, Cox, AFC Enterprises and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. It has a thriving business community which is supported by local governments who know how to work together for a common goal. The "Pill Hill" area of Children's, St. Joes & Northside Hospitals along with the 100's of small doctor's offices in the area would be a fertile testing ground for high speed data transmissions of medical images and records. Federal data centers (both the IRS & CDC) could harness the power of Fiber. New technical communities and businesses could be built replacing the long shuttered factory of long ago.
Become a fan on Facebook by the link below and talk to your city leaders about joining together on this collaborative project for the good of our community. Together our proposal would be stronger then any one of us apart.
Topend Perimeter Partnership of Atlanta for Fiber
As a member of the Dunwoody City Council, I will be requesting that the City immediately start reviewing the application as well as start discussions with our neighboring cities.
Dunwoody City Council