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WireAlameda needs your help!

Submitted by on 1, March 4, 2010 – 10:00 am2 Comments

I got a nice e-mail this morning from Howard Ashcraft of WireAlameda, the group that’s working with the city to get Google to plant their high speed fiber experiment here in town. Both the city and WireAlameda will be submitting applications to Google this month, and the community group needs information and testimonials from as many folks as they can get to boost our chances. Here’s their pitch:

All parts of our city government and community organizations are coming together to support this, but what’s really needed is input from you, the citizens of Alameda. Take a few minutes to nominate Alameda to Google, tell them why having super-high-speed internet is important to you, and how it’s going to make your world better.

The deadline to submit an application to Google is March 26. WireAlameda and city officials have said Google’s pilot broadband program would be a boon for businesses; could provide, say, Alameda Hospital, the opportunity to get 3D medical images from specialists who are thousands of miles away; and just be plain frickin’ cool for the rest of us.

We’ve get more about the effort here. Or you can click the WireAlameda link up top.


  • Garret says:

    1. Alameda Hospital is doomed. They will not need any higher speeds than currently available.
    2. How many more cables do we want on poles blighting our skys.
    3. Alameda Power & Telecom already proved that the population already has all the speed it needs. Otherwise, why did it fail?
    4. Explain how this will “increase average and median income”, “increase property values”, “increase education level” (level of what?)
    5. Will they put it underground? I have no above-ground services to my property now, and I do not intend to have any in the future.
    6. I do not want all my “eggs in one basket”, so not about to depend on one service for phone, television, etc.
    7. Will they carry my burglar alarm signal on their network, which is now on a landline?
    Someone better stop and consider the ramifications, and look at who gains, Google or the community? And do a risk analysis, while you are at it.

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