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September 20, 2005

Google, Cerf, and OneCleveland

Two weeks ago (9/8/05), the big news in the technology world was that Sir Vinton Cerf was lured to help shape Google's vision of the future of the Internet as its Chief Evangelist.

Last week, Google confirmed the rumors that it was out to acquire a national footprint of dark fiber. Google is reviewing bids it solicited from tech vendors to build a national optical DWDM network capable of pushing massive amounts of voice, video and data very close to end users. Even more interesting is that the purported cost of this dynamic national fiber fabric is under $100 million (not including dark fiber) and can be launched within a matter of months. But the last-mile is, as always, the problem.

Today, Anne Estrada announced that Cerf had agreed to serve on First Mile US's Big Broadband Everywhere Board. According to Cerf's prepared comments, "I believe that the goals of FirstMile.US are exactly what our nation needs right now. FirstMile.US has the staff and the smarts to help bring the US back to a position of leadership by creating a grassroots coalition that focuses on creating demand for broadband -- especially symmetric, low-latency and high-performance big broadband. I look forward to helping grow FirstMile.US into a position of leadership."

Smile, OneCleveland and Northeast Ohio. We're on the First.Mile radar screen and helping the rest of the country imagine its future by seeing it happen right here in our own Digital City efforts. We've got a plan, we have lit our own dark fiber with the most advanced optical networking infrastructure in the land and we're working to deliver first mile (and last mile) connectivity both with our fiber partners as well as through innovative use of next generation wireless services.

In the end, after the excitement of all of the infrastructure, the world will be divided between those who have worked together to develop and deploy applications that change people's lives and those who have not accomplished that goal. Our strongest advantage in Cleveland and northeast Ohio is our strong content and applications based in health care, education, research, arts, culture, and a growing collaboration in government services.

To see some of the important policy implications for our region's public policy work in this area see the newly launched techfutures web and blog environment launched this week by Chris Varley and Nortech.

Posted by lsg8 at September 20, 2005 03:39 PM and tagged Bytes 

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