The Greater Baltimore Committee has been asked by Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to play a key role in the effort to convince Google to select the city as a site for its new high-speed fiber initiative. The GBC, in partnership with the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, is charged with coordinating business support for the city’s bid to attract the “Google Fiber for Communities” initiative.
“There is incredible enthusiasm in Baltimore’s business community for this unmatched opportunity for our city to make a quantum leap in fiber technology resources and capabilities,” GBC president and CEO Donald Fry said at a March 11 news conference at City Hall. “We can demonstrate that Baltimore understands the value of access, speed and connection in this rapidly changing technology world.”
Fry cited Baltimore’s highly-educated and tech-savvy workforce and its technology-rich business sector. “Baltimore has always been a city where history and innovation intersect,” he said.
Google is seeking to identify key cities where it could install up to a $1 billion in fiber optic infrastructure that offers cyberspace speeds 100-times faster than now experienced by most current internet users. Bids from cities are due March 26. Tom Loveland, CEO of Mind Over Machines, was named the city’s “Google czar” to manage the development of the city’s response to a request for information issued by the giant internet information company. Google has set late March as a deadline for bid submissions.