Charlotte Hearts Gigabit co-founder Alan Fitzpatrick spoke at the joint CRTEC/BIG meeting January 21.  For presentation slides click here.

Presentation at CRTEC 1/21 on What Gigabit Internet Means for Charlotte. Recap video.

CRTEC is the Charlotte Regional Technology Executive Council. For further information on this organization click here.

BIG is the Business Innovation and Growth Council. For further information on this organization click here.

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Google Fiber Trucks

The Charlotte Observer wrote a story today highlighting the status of Google Fiber in Charlotte. Reporter Megan Cassella interviewed representatives of Google, the City of Charlotte, and Charlotte Hearts Google. Highlights included:

Since the plan was finalized and submitted on May 1, teams of Google Fiber workers have been visiting the city “pretty regularly,” company spokeswoman Jenna Wandres said. One sat down with city planners at the end of last month to discuss permitting and approval processes, while others have been on the ground, surveying areas and counting utility poles.
Phil Reiger, assistant director for the city’s Department of Transportation and the project leader, said the June meeting with Google went well, and the company hadn’t asked anything the city felt was “unmanageable.” “What Google is proposing is a pretty major infrastructure investment,” Reiger said. “Disruption is inevitable.”

Wandres said Google will announce by the end of the year whether it’s going to build the fiber network in Charlotte. Until then, the company’s teams are doing things like checking to see where the cables will hang above the streets from existing utility poles and where they’ll have to be buried.

“It’s a big construction project, and we want to do it in the most efficient way possible,” Wandres said. “We’re trying to do everything we can to plan it well.”

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Fox News Digital Journalist David Sentendrey interviewed Charlotte entrepreneur Alan Fitzpatrick about Google Fiber deployment in the city. The story was called: Google Fiber could bring 100x faster internet to Charlotte.

The story and aired video can be found by clicking the image below:

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Local leaders can't stop talking about the benefits of having Google Fiber in Charlotte!


"I think is a wonderful community campaign! I'm speaking to the choir when I sing praise about what Fiber can do for our city. I think Fiber will be another value and benefit to help with the recruitment of big business to our city. By attracting business business it will lead to more jobs - not only those the big guys bring, but those that are created by smaller companies to support the relocated businesses (also jobs related to the install of fiber).

For our thriving entrepreneurial community it will put a spotlight on the opportunities in the Tech arena (dare I say Charlotte as a future Silicon Valley?). The thought of such an opportunity to have a powerhouse in technology in the South East would be a real possibility with Fiber. Speaking from an education standpoint, it would also enable educational institutions to improve and expand the capabilities of online learning. In my opinion, these are just a few of the key benefits."


"Google Fiber would be a welcome addition to the Charlotte community. My profession over the past eight years has been in the marketing field. The implications on potential innovations around enhancing the customer experience supported by superior internet speeds is something consumers should come to expect through this investment for our future. Should we be selected as an expansion city for fiber I look forward to understanding how this technology can provide our community with a better quality of life."

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