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Renton looks to go even further “Ahead of the Curve” to lure Google Fiber Network

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Iwen Wang, Finance & Information Technology Administrator 425-430-6858; iwang@rentonwa.gov
Alex Pietsch, Community & Economic Development Administrator 425-430-6592; apietsch@rentonwa.gov
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569; pshridhar@rentonwa.gov

March 11, 2010

City Launches Grassroots Campaign, Website Gets a “Google Makeover”


Renton, WA – Lured by the promise of internet speeds 100 times faster than most current connections, Renton is aggressively pursuing a partnership with Google as part of the company’s “Fiber for Communities” project. Google plans to test ultra-high-speed broadband networks in one or more locations in the United States and is seeking proposals, including citizen feedback, from cities, counties and communities. 

On Monday, March 15, 2010, the Renton City Council will consider a resolution to support a partnership to build ultra-high-speed internet infrastructure in Renton and offer companies additional incentives to do so. In addition, the city has launched a campaign that includes a dedicated website—rentonnet.org/google—that encourages citizens and businesses to nominate Renton to Google by Friday, March 26. In addition the city’s website, rentonwa.gov has had a Google makeover, where Renton has embraced the Google brand. Rentonwa.gov will flaunt the “Google” look throughout the month of March.
 
“Renton is the ideal proving ground for Google’s groundbreaking fiber network,” said Mayor Denis Law.  “Whether we’re building the best-selling commercial jets in aviation history, as Boeing has done here since 1942, or opening the largest, most state-of-the-art emergency treatment facility on the West Coast, as Valley Medical Center did this year, Renton has been at the forefront of innovation. It is only fitting that Google would choose Renton to launch a technology that will catapult us all into a new era of discovery.”

Part of its campaign includes the unique spirit of partnership that Renton brings to this project—a collaboration between the city, the Renton School District, Renton Technical College, Valley Medical Center, and the Renton Chamber of Commerce. These stakeholders are strongly behind Renton’s bid to Google and are actively soliciting support from the community for the fiber network.

“Google’s work to provide our families, students and teachers with high-speed internet service will create tremendous benefits to the entire Renton community,” said Dr. Mary Alice Heuschel, superintendent of the Renton School District. “Our school district’s commitment to technology-driven education, and preparing our students for a world empowered by technological development, can only be improved with Google’s Fiber for Communities initiative.”

"Renton already has a strong and diverse economy," said Bill Taylor, CEO of the Renton Chamber of Commerce. "But, the prospect of giving our employers and their employees’ access to internet speeds 100 times faster than we have today will allow Renton companies to innovate and prosper in ways that we can't even imagine."

To nominate Renton to Google visit google.rentonwa.gov. To check out Renton’s Google makeover visit rentonwa.gov.

Google will announce its selections by the end of 2010.