I was proud to have the opportunity to speak at a press conference at City Hall on the topic of Philadelphia’s request for Google to install an ultra high speed data network here in Philly.
That is Mayor Nutter looking at me as I share my thoughts on why Philly would be an ideal testbed for Google to experiment with a high speed data network.
Philly is rich in knowledge sectors—pharma, health care, education, technology, financial services, art, and design. All those dots, when intraconnected and interconnected with high speed fiber will grow bigger and more powerful.
The Mayor poked a little fun at me when he closed the press conference, saying that the kind of idea “jamming” volunteers did with each other to come up with Philly’s pitch to Google was a little different than the kind of jamming he did with his friends in the old days. I decided not to press him on the details. I know Google’s mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” but sometimes there’s such a thing as too much information, and what Mayor Nutter was doing in his youth falls into this category for me.
Now that the deadline for cities to submit their applications to Google has passed, some of the crew from the Philly effort have redirected the site GigaBitPhilly.com to GigaBitCity.com which seeks to catalyze efforts by cities to implement high speed local networks with or without the help of Google.