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Sarasota Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2010 5 years ago

MAN ON THE STREET: Google Fiber

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by: Loren Mayo and Maria Amodio

Google plans to build and test ultra-speedy broadband networks in select trial locations across the country for its new Fiber Network, which will offer 1 Gigabit-per-second data transfer rates, making Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what Americans use today.

We checked with Sarasota residents to see if they're up to date on Google Fiber and whether they think Sarasota would make a good trial location.

Maria Fidelibus
What is Google Fiber?
“It’s a way to make Sarasota more of a technologically inspired Mecca. We have so much invested in the arts, music and media, it would be a great way to keep Sarasota connected.

Would you want Sarasota to be a test market for Google’s new Fiber Network?
“Of course. Nothing but positive things can come from that. We could continue to inspire young people to grow and market themselves, and to help Sarasota flourish.”

Ted Mase
What is Google Fiber?
“It sounds like a diet. You need to get Google Fiber in your diet to be more regular.”

Would you want Sarasota to be a test market for Google’s new Fiber Network?
“Yes. I spend a lot of time at Google Island.”

Forrest Shaw
What is Google Fiber?
“It’s what the South Florida population needs and also our new estate blend coffee at Pastry Art for the month of March.

Would you want Sarasota to be a test market for Google’s new Fiber Network?
“It would be great for the community. People can visit www.pastryart.com for a link to the HuB’s ‘Google Island’ and nominate Sarasota.”

Gretchen Porro and Summer Dawn Wallace
What is Google Fiber?
Porro: “I don’t know. I know what Google is, though.”
Wallace: “Is it like Google Chrome?”

Would you want Sarasota to be a test market for Google’s new Fiber Network?
Porro: “We’re in school, so we don’t really have a lot of free time to go online.”
Wallace: “It wouldn’t really affect us.”

Jakilah Mason
What is Google Fiber?
“I don’t know. Does it have something to do with coffee houses?”

Would you want Sarasota to be a test market for Google’s new Fiber Network?
“Yeah, I would.”

Contact Loren Mayo at lmayo@yourobserver.com.
 

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