One of Google’s latest initiatives might just kick off in Holland, Michigan – at least, it will if my friend Todd Whiteman has anything to do with it. Todd is a council member of the 5th Ward in Holland, and his small town is gunning to be the testing site for Google Fiber. Haven’t heard of it? Neither had I, but I now have to admit that it’s just another great thing Google has up its sleeve. According to its site, Google “plans to test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country.” And by ultra- high speed, they mean 100 times faster than what most Americans use today. And the testing will be done in one of America’s backyards, instead of in a remote testing facility.
Holland is the perfect location because the city has already been on the hunt for better communications between substations, according to Todd. In 1990 a single car crash resulted on 80 percent of Holland’s residents losing power, and relay systems did not function well. Fiber expansion began then, but in a city with over 15 years of fiber distribution experience, officials feel this fiber-savvy area is the best possible testing ground for the Google contest.
The city has already attracted national attention due to the upcoming acquisition of two major Lithium Ion Advanced Battery plants – nearly 20% of all automotive battery production in the states will occur on Holland’s south side. Todd feels Google Fiber will help Holland leverage these initiatives while bringing on more jobs for residents. And Holland hopes to put this in sewer infrastructure, something new to the US (but not unheard of overseas).
So, help Holland get its Internet faster than the blink of an eye. Residents are pumped at the prospect, and Todd is hoping to get others on the “Take Me to FiberTown” bandwagon. Please take two seconds to help a buddy out by clicking here to vote. Holland, Michigan thanks you. And Google, good work!