There are instructions within the town news release as to how you can help with this application. We have until March 26.


Town of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech Team Up To Attract Google

Blacksburg and Virginia Tech have teamed up to submit a joint
application for /Google’s/ recent push to build ultra-high speed fiber
networks in a number of locations across the country. If selected,
Blacksburg would be the recipient of Internet speeds 100 times faster
than what most Americans have access to today.

“Blacksburg was the first community in the world, through the Blacksburg
Electronic Village, to explore how the internet could transform
business, education, and community interaction,” said Ron Rordam, Mayor
of Blacksburg. “More than fifteen years later, we now have a population
of citizens, university faculty and students who have demonstrated
innovation and creativity as network producers, not just consumers, of
high bandwidth applications and services. We believe this is exactly
what Google is looking for with their gigabit to the home test bed
project, and we are committed to working in partnership with them if
Blacksburg is selected.”

The local project team is calling on the community for their help. There
are two steps to completing the Google Request for Information (RFI),
the government response and the community response. Both are due by
March 26, 2010. Residents, artists, businesses and community
organizations are asked to fill out this short online form. (Link Here)

The form requires a name, city and state, and a paragraph or more
explaining why you would like to have Google locate in Blacksburg.
Reasons could include the need for increased broadband access for
business, education, arts, entertainment, telemedicine, emergency
services, etc. Aside from the current benefits a community such as
Blacksburg could enjoy, Google is particularly interested in creative
thinking and next generation ideas. A sample template response can be
found at

The community form includes optional fields that ask about broadband
connections. Respondents can easily run a speed test on their connection
by using the Virginia Tech Community Broadband Map found at The speed test
will allow respondents to immediately obtain some of the information
that can be used to fill in the Google form.

There is also an opportunity for the community to participate in a You
Tube video contest and an application naming contest. The winning
recipient of each will receive a $100 Downtown Blacksburg Gift
Certificate. Details of the competition can be found at _._