Ever the gimmicky city Portland, OR—at the behest of our fearless leader, Mayor Sam Adams—is going to try for the world record for the longest game of telephone in a move that Portlandians hope will sway Google into giving us the hyper-speed Google fiber we so obviously deserve. From the Portland Business Journal:
The tech company indicated that “citizen involvement” would play a key factor in its decision.
To that end, Portland Mayor Sam Adams and members of the city’s creative services industries devised the “Telephone” scheme to attract Google’s attention. The game will feature participants stretching from the Rose Garden arena over the Steel Bridge and ending in Pioneer Courthouse Square. “Telephone” is the game in which participants try to relay a message from person-to-person, the amusement coming from how the final missive deviates from the original message’s wording and intent.
The event begins at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to meet at Northwest Naito Parkway and Couch Street. Adams will be the last participant in the event.
UPDATE: Ever the gimmicky city’s gimmicky brewery, Hopworks Urban Brewery has crafted a “Gigabit IPA”, as another bargaining chip in our quest for the countries fastest internet connection!
Described by Hopwork’s Brewer Ben Love, “this fresh & edgy IPA honorsPortland’s new gigabit network project pioneering a connected future with Google fiber-to-home. Embrace the bandwidth with a massive NW hop aroma, with rich citrus and pine accents aggressively balanced with clear malt caramel flavor, and a deep, clean, satisfying finish. From Hopworks, the world’s first carbon-neutral artisnal brewery.”
The Gigabit IPA is being bottled and labeled in a limited run and shipped to Google to sip on while they review applications for their Gigabit offer. Hope it’s got that trademark NW bitterness (and ridiculously high alcohol content). More, including backstory at Taplister.
What’s Google Internet? Well, in their own words….
Google is planning to build, and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the country. We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We’ll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000, and potentially up to 500,000 people.
As a first step, we’re putting out a Request for Information (RFI) to help identify interested communities. We welcome responses from local government, as well as members of the public.
Our goal is to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better, and faster for everyone.
If this doesn’t excite you then you probably printed this blog out to read later while on the bus or some such. In which case, i understand we won’t be expecting your support on this issue… If this does excite you. Well, ME TOO! So go ahead, let your voice be heard!