From Councilwoman Mary Cheh,
I wanted to make you aware of an exciting pilot program by Google, Inc
to build fiber-optic ultra-high speed broadband infrastructure in selected communities throughout the United States. Until March 26th, Google will be accepting feedback from government officials and members of the general public to determine where to deploy the pilot. It is my understanding that public feedback will be crucial in Google’s decision.
As Chair of the Committee on Government Operations and the Environment, I oversee the Chief Technology Officer and would like to see the District participate in the Google fiber pilot. I understand that the Chief Technology Officer is interested in exploring this possibility and recognizes that this is a unique opportunity for the District to be on the cutting-edge of broadband internet access.
The proposed fiber-optic network proposed by Google would allow consumers to access data at speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is over 100 times faster than the connections that many utilize today. In addition, this network would offer additional choices to internet consumers.
To support my efforts to get Google to deploy their pilot in the District of Columbia, please sign my online petition
. Also, please consider contacting Google
directly to learn more and add your voice to those nominating the District to participate in this exciting program.
Thanks and best regards,