Jack Whitley, a technology exec at Replacements. Ltd., is on the committee advising City staff on its response to the Google RFI. He came up with a list of things Greensboro offers Google. You can read an edited version after the jump.
[partial list; redacted to maintain competitive advantage]
Why Greensboro is Good for Google
by Jack Whitley
Ease of Right Of Way Access For City Fiber Backbone – The new Painter Boulevard Urban Loop roadbed encircles entire city, and passes close to key infrastructure and institutions. With this urban loop roadbed being new, legacy right-of-way issues (and legacy cabling infrastructure issues) would be minimal.
Gigabit Internet Business Incubation + New FedEx Cargo Hub - Greensboro offers an excellent test market to measure the effect of gigabit symmetrical internet access on regional business and industrial growth and recruitment, when combined with the new, state-of-the-art FedEx cargo hub at Piedmont Triad International airport.
Comparative Measurement Opportunities for Educational Institution Uptake - Greensboro's seven universities and colleges are implementing diverse technology education initiatives including community college technical training, the recent completion of a new, university-level nanotechnology campus, and a new university-level law school located in the Greensboro, NC downtown area, 30 miles from its main campus. With Google gigabit fiber, it would be possible to measure how seven different educational institutions (along with elementary and secondary schools) could take advantage of a 100-fold increase in symmetrical broadband Internet connectivity. Would the increase make UNC-G's switch from Lotus Notes to gMail more effective? Would gigabit real-time interactivity encourage the move to gMail and Google Docs among other educational institutions, both public and private? Would symmetrical gigabit broadband allow the new joint-effort nanotechnology campus to share large data sets more easily with other research centers, speeding innovation in areas including critical new green jobs technology?
Measuring Local GDP Improvement (vs. Peer Cities) due To Gigabit Internet - Due to the steady loss of traditional manufacturing base in the greater Greensboro area, the city has fallen behind peer cities Raleigh and Charlotte in terms of economic activity and opportunity for its citizens. The advent of gigabit internet service in Greensboro would offer the ability to measure how ultrafast internet connectivity could structurally change the dynamic of a local economy vs. peer cities without such access.
Excellent Test City for Local Google AdWords Lift via Gigabit Internet - One Greensboro, NC mid-market online retailer, Replacements, Ltd., is spending $2.5 million per year via Google online programs, and has partnered as a beta tester for many innovative Google programs during the past six years. Greensboro would be an excellent test city for measuring the incremental increase in activity in Google's revenue generating programs once gigabit internet was implemented.
Topography – The topography in Guilford County is relatively flat, with loam and clay soils. Climate is moderate.
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