Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately you’ve probably heard all about local communities trying to attract the attention of Internet juggernaut, Google, to provide their residents/businesses with crazy fast Internet unlike nearly anything else available out there. This project named Google Fiber for Communities, at face value, seems like a great idea there are a number of issues every American should have with it.
We’ve all heard about Google, Kansas and Duluth’s own campaigns for Google to bring blazing fast Internet to their towns. What you may not have known is that many other groups, much closer to home, are vying for Google’s attention including Dakota Future through Dakota Future Fiber and, yes, even our illustrious Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland.
Seriously? Apple Valley really has nothing better to do but waste nearly 30 minutes talking about how to attract Google to our city? I mean, it’s not like taxpayers are upset over a $4.5 million facility being underutilized or a poorly planned LED street light pilot. Why not ignore the fact that someone has pointed out serious problems in the city and instead concern yourselves with doubling the efforts of Dakota Future and enter yourselves into what amounts to the lottery for public administrators.
In addition to the utter waste of time and duplication of effort are the other concerns that public administrators should have about Google’s project. This is a for-profit company which is in the business of making money at the expense of your own personal privacy. The Star Tribune covered the efforts of Dakota Future and Scott County’s bid for Google’s love and one of their commenters summed up the personal privacy issue much better than I ever could:
Google can go somewhere else with your logo “Do no Evil” because you keep the goods on all of us. As far as I am concerned that is about as unAmerican as a corporation can get. I don’t think they should have the right to store search information that can identify people who use there search engine. Ads on their site is ok but storing information, to me is like tapping you phone,having you followed or collaboration with a NAZI or Communist state. They can keep their high speed spying. This is just my opinion. It is ok to still have an opinion in America isn’t it?
posted by lothlorn on Mar. 14, 10 at 11:58 AM
Now, while no one is going to force this Internet connection on the residents of the winning town, “competitive pricing” combined with speeds currently unheard of in the residential sector will likely drive people to this in droves. Should the government really be permitted to make this sort of decision? Should they have to live up to a higher standard as a protector of the people than a corporation like Google? Should the Apple Valley City Council concentrate on business that is actually happening rather than spending time on something which will, in reality, never happen in a million years? Whatever you have to say about the Apple Valley City Council and their bid for Google’s fiber outlay go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.