PORTLAND, Ore. -- Will ingenious antics, messages in the sky or city name-changes affect Google's decision on where to test its gigabit-a-second Fiber Optics?
Portland is brewing up a few enticements, too. Literally.
Sheldon Rehan is a "connectivity activist" who is among those spearheading Portland's quest for the world's fastest Internet project. And he says the solution can be read in the suds.
"Everybody at Google - and geeks all over - love a good craft brew," he said.
Hopworks Urban Brewmaster Christian Ettinger has created the Gigabit IPA from a blend of hops that are local to the Northwest and never before combined.
"It's slightly maltier and has a nice, deep golden color," Ettinger said. "It's different than our normal IPA."
Portland hopes its craft beers are a perfect match for Google's carefully crafted culture.
"Word on the street is that (Google) has a tap room for its employees on Fridays, up in The Dalles," Ettinger said. "They'd appreciate some fresh Portland beer."
Portland is among a rumored 1,100 communities vying for the project, which promises Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than the fastest currently available, anywhere. Mayor Sam Adams has cobbled together a group of high-tech ambassadors for the city that include Ward Cunningham, the inventor of Wiki apps, Intel executives and Net Neutrality advocates including Personal Telco Project.
Google is considered an Open Source community champion.
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