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South Florida lethargically applies for Google Fiber

Miami Beach reporter and colleague David Smiley has a story on the meager last-minute attempts some South Florida cities are making to request Google to bring its high-speed fiber Internet network here. Gainesville's Gig4GNV campaign has been the only Florida campaign that I've seen with any noticeable buzz.

Today's the deadline to request Google's consideration, and Google's blog said it has more than 600 community requests and 190,000 from individuals. You can chime in on the comments and read Smiley's full story here. Below is a snippet of his story today:

Miami Beach likely won't be changing its name to Silicon Beach anytime soon, and Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado hasn't thrown himself into Biscayne Bay to grab Google's attention.

But despite the lack of antics and buzz seen from other regions of the country since the announcement of Google Fiber, several South Florida communities are hoping they will become, if not the site of a new and experimental high-speed Internet, then one of the few communities with it.

Friday is the deadline to apply for Google's revolutionary network, which according to the Internet giant will operate at more than 100 times the speed of the average connection. Miami Beach, Miami, South Miami, Cutler Bay and Boca Raton said they have applied or expect to.

Google is describing the new network as a groundbreaking development that will allow "applications that will be impossible today." And the possibility of exclusively snagging the technology has sent U.S. cities into an online and media bidding war that in some cases has bordered on bizarre.

Topeka, Kan., changed its name to Google for the month of March. The ploy was countered the next day by a Duluth, Minn., mock decree that every first-born male in the city would be known as Google Fiber. Sarasota's mayor even swam in a tank of water with bonnet head sharks.

Steketee Greiner & Company released a list Thursday of the 10 most active cities vying for Google's revolutionary network, and Duluth, Topeka and Sarasota were named.

But no other Florida city made the list. And compared with other parts of the United States, the response in South Florida has been tepid.

"Am I going to set myself on fire to draw attention to our city? No,'' said South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard.

No one from Miami responded to an interview request made through a spokeswoman.

Brian Breslin, a self-described South Florida "tech community evangelist," said he has heard little talk about Google Fiber.

"I know a large percentage of people in the tech community, and very few people are mentioning it,'' he said.

[Click here to read the full story.]

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Jeff Dentzer

What a shame we missed out. Key West would have been an ideal demonstration both for it's exposure to tourists and the Caribbean, its juxtaposition to techno-snail Cuba, its vibrant creative community for content provision but especially it's "remoteness" and tenuous connection to the mainland-- bringing the fastest bandwith in the USA to the KYW would have been an excellent demonstration in contrasts and possibilities!

lighting cameraman

anything that improves broadband speed has got to be a good thing. Google have plenty of money to help in this kind of thing.

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