Royal Oak and Rochester bid for Google Fiber

The bevy of Metro Detroit municipalities
that are vying to become Google Fiber communities reads like a list of
the best of the best when it comes to vibrant city centers in southeast
Michigan.

Ann Arbor, Birmingham, and Detroit have now been joined
by Royal Oak and Rochester. The cities believe they have what it takes
to get on board with what promises to be the fastest broadband program
in the world. And they all see it as a chance to bring even more value
and economic opportunity to local residents and businesses.

“Everybody

is thinking the same thing,” says Nicholas Banda, director of economic
and community development for the city of Rochester, which is teaming up
with Rochester Hills in its bid. “This is just another edge.”

Google

plans to build and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small
number of communities across the country. These lines will stream data
at 1 gigabit per second, about 100 times faster than what most Americans
get through their current cable and DSL providers.

Local metros
are touting their advantages from varied

economic landscape (Detroit) to a combination

of suburban and urban infrastructure (Ann Arbor). Ann Arbor and
Birmingham are also home to two of Google’s offices, including the
search engine’s AdWords headquarters in downtown Ann Arbor.

Source:

Nicholas Banda, director of economic and community development for the
city of Rochester
Writer: Jon Zemke