Google Fiber for Rural Communities
Dear Google, As you begin to role out your test flights of Google Fiber, we, the members of rural communities, ask that you implement test plans in rural areas. Over the past 100 years, the rural way of life has been slowly whittled away. Technology developments and quality of living standards in a service based economy have driven many people into urban centers to make a better life. In its wake, the exodus of rural America has torn apart the fabric of rural life and culture. Families have been spread out, small towns have become empty shells of what used to be the face of America. Traditions like raising animals, farming, music and self sustained living having become mere novelties. What once was a way of life, is now just a hayride for out of towners. Today we are on the cusp of a great new era in the American economy and our social landscape. A rebirth of sustainable living is meeting up with environmental goals, family living and the ease of online communication. Ecommerce and online tools have streamlined the cost of doing business while allowing people the freedom to maintain the lifestyle that they choose. In this new dawn of internet connectivity with the potential for larger broadband services and faster speeds, rural America is once again being left behind. In areas where cell phone service is spotty at best and internet connection are limited to pricey satellite service or poor DSL lines an even playing field is needed. By implementing solid rural broadband service, you would be tapping into a hidden resource for American workers. People would no longer feel required to move home and family to urban centers, simply to find a better job. Communities would be preserved. A new form of ecommerce would emerge from the traditions and natural resources. Rural America would be in touch and abreast of the world of technology. Downtrodden communities would be revitalized and reconnected as the true fabric of the American Dream. Don't be fooled by the stereotypes and images of hillbillies and country bumpkins. Rural communities are rich with perseverance, intelligent people and extraordinary talents. For these reasons, we, the petitioners signed below, ask that you begin testing Google Fiber in rural communities across the country, in places like West Virginia, Ohio, Kansas, Idaho Arkansas, and other beacons of the pioneer spirit. Remember how we came to be this great country. Let's honor the spirit of our pioneering forefathers by bringing it back to our roots. Thank you for your time and consideration.