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Open Letter to Cary Citizens Regarding Google

February 21, 2014

Google recently announced that Cary is one of several Triangle towns and cities being considered for future installation of its fiber optic network. This announcement generated a tremendous response from our citizens, including the demand that we actively pursue this opportunity and questions about the effect it will have on our participation in the region’s North Carolina Next Generation Network project.

First, let me say that the Cary Town Council and Town staff are all very excited about Google’s announcement and we’re doing all we can to bring fiber to Cary. In 2010, Cary joined more than 1,000 communities across the country in applying to be among the first to test Google’s new service; although that honor went to Kansas City, we are fortunate to be considered now as the company adds 34 new locations to its expansion plan. Citizens can trust that we will fully participate in Google’s selection process and provide them with the information they need in a timely manner.  This evaluation is extensive and will include analyzing everything from Cary’s topography to our permitting process; Google is hoping to choose which locations will receive fiber by the end of the year. Town staff is prepared to meet the challenge and make it easy for Google to choose Cary.

I also want to make it clear that the Town is still committed to the NC Next Generation Network initiative, referred to in the past as GIG U. In fact, Google’s announcement is in line with the work we’ve been doing as a member of the NCNGN project to address our community’s need for faster Internet speeds at competitive prices. This regional effort, which includes five other Triangle municipalities and four universities, will continue to encourage companies to provide next generation broadband service at gigabit Internet speeds, which are 100 times faster than today’s basic speeds. Currently, the NCNGN steering committee is reviewing proposals for a regional network that would provide this ultra-fast service.

Here in Cary, we value innovation, and we’re committed to bringing the best services and economic development opportunities to our community. Citizens can count on their Town Council and Town staff to make decisions that keep Cary one of the best places in the nation to live, work, and raise a family.

Harold Weinbrecht
Cary Mayor