Archive for March, 2010

Application for Google’s High Speed Fiber test has been submitted!

Lenexa, Kansas – my city, is one of 600 or so cities across the country vying for the Google High Speed Fiber project. Our city staff, community and City Council has been working on this since it was initially announced. To find out more information go to  Of course we are hopeful that our wonderful demographics, positioning in the Bio Tech, Bio Science, education and IT sectors will make us an attractive candidate for this test.  We’re a city of roughly 33 square miles, 50,000 population with over a 1,000 miles of fiber already in the ground, 20 of those belonging to the City.

Take a look at the following article from  190,000 People and 600 Cities Want Google’s Fast Fiber

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Cheer for Lenexa Kansas!  I’ll let you know how we fare!

The National Broadband Plan

Last week the National Broadband Plan (NBP) was released by the FCC. I have a special interest in this plan due to my work on the Information Technology and Communications committee for the National League of Cities.  On December 2007 our committee released a resolution calling for a National Broadband Plan. See my post with the resolution.

Now that the plan is finally out, people are reviewing, criticizing and applauding it. One article that does a good job understanding the aspirational nature of this plan can be found at


The NBP asserts that broadband is the first 21st century national infrastructure play, on par the with grand projects of the 19th and 20th centuries — the transcontinental railroad, rural electrification, universally available telephone, radio and television services, and the interstate highway system.

If you are really interested in finding out more, go to with lots of information, FAQs, and detailed looks at the NBP

I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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