Duluth Loses Bid To Receive Google Fiber

By KBJR Manager

March 30, 2011 Updated Mar 31, 2011 at 10:09 AM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Though the Twin Ports initiative was valiant, Kansas City, Kansas received the 1 gigabit per second fiber to home initiative.

But according to a video posted by Google, Duluth isn't officially out of the running yet.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness held a press conference this afternoon saying although Duluth didn't receive the coveted fiber, there is still optimism in City Hall.

He said the effort put forth by volunteers and members of the private sector put Duluth on the technology map by raising awareness of the Twin Ports' IT strength.

Though the 'grand prize' fiber to the home initiative passed the Twin Ports, Investing in IT Infrastructure will be a long term commitment by the city.

Mayor Ness says, "This is an ongoing process. This is a long term commitment by our community into investing in our IT infrastructure as well as investing in positioning ourselves well to take full advantage of the next opportunity that comes."

In Google's official announcement, Co-Founder Sergey Brin stated Google is rolling out fiber to communities...STARTING with Kansas City, Kansas.

This leaves optimism in the tech community that Duluth could still see some part of the Google Project in the future.

Chris Swanson, CEO of PureDriven remains positive saying, "Now that we know, okay here's the first answer... now we can go take a look at the information Google has given us, what happened, why did they pick this community, and if there are things that we can do to make us better ready for the next project."

Mayor Ness and organizers of the initiative haven't spoken directly with Google, but hope to hear from them soon to find out what else can be done with this effort.

Per capita, the Twin Ports had the biggest digital footprint when it came to generating online buzz through social media and youtube.

Kansas City was flying under the radar so to speak.

Written for the web by Chris Axelson
caxelson@northlandsnewscenter.com

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