PORTLAND, Ore. -- Should Google choose Portland for its ultra high speed ISP project?How about Vancouver, for that matter?
Mayors for both cities agree that Google's promise to deliver competitively priced Internet service with 1-gigabit-per-second speed was needed on both sides of the Columbia River.
On Thursday, Vancouver reminded Google that Mayor Timothy Leavitt had formally announced a Google bid weeks ago, and that Google's proposed fiber optic network up to 100 times faster than the fastest Internet service available should be demonstrated in the Silicon Forest north of Portland, too. Google Vancouver
Mayor Sam Adams led a unanimous vote Wednesday morning in support of Portland Community Fiber. When he announced last month, via Twitter, that Portland would compete for Google Fiber rights, he characterized Portland as the birthplace of the Net Neutrality movement -- a catch-phrase for open source software supporters and those who think Internet access is a right that the government should administer, as opposed to a business that should be regulated.
In 1998, Portland lost an Internet open-access court case against AT&T.
City Council heard from a well organized pro-Google contingent of Portland's tech elite Wednesday, which included Intel representatives, Personal Telco Project's president, Russell Senior, software developer and wiki inventor Ward Cunningham, and others who have volunteered their own time to organize a successful fiber optics bid.
The project has a website rich with Google product placement; YouTube video testimonials from Portland fiber supporters populates the site with Twitter, Facebook and RSS feeds, a chat room and Google Account sign-up field so any interested web page visitor can log-in and back the bid.
Other Oregon cities join an unknown number across the U.S. lobbying to be among Google's beta test project.