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San Antonio approves Google Fiber construction - where is Palo Alto?

Original post made by Mr.Recycle, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Mar 13, 2014

San Antonio TX, along with Palo Alto, was one of the 34 cities in the Google Fiber round 2 list. San Antonio has already moved ahead and approved construction.

"On Thursday, the City Council approved a long-term contract with Google Fiber Texas, LLC., allowing the tech company to install about 40 so-called 'fiber huts' at San Antonio libraries, fire and police stations, and other city buildings."

Has Palo Alto taken any action? Has Palo Alto started discussions with Google on moving forward?

Full story: Web Link

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Posted by Aquamarine
a resident of Stanford
on Mar 13, 2014 at 10:48 pm

You're kidding, right? They'd have to vow not to bring in their Palo Alto Process and I doubt they know how to get anything done without it. On the other hand, cities like San Antonio apparently can move forward with less durm und strang.


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Posted by Organiclaws
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Organiclaws is a registered user.

There is so much more self perpetuating bureaucracy created if Palo Alto decides to try and do it on their own that it creates an incentive for the city to try and torpedo the Google deal.


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Posted by What heart of Silly Conniving Valley Valley?
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Palo Alto forgets that due to its location, Stanford U, high tech companies here, and claims to be the enter of technology, they have an image to uphold.

Again, Palo Alto falls far short of its claims and disappoints the residents!


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 14, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Before being critical about Palo Alto's effort, you may want to read the Google Fiber City Checklist (see: Web Link) listing the requirements. Pay particular attention to Exhibit A at the end of the document. They are looking for fiber hut sites for structures that 11.5 feet wide, 28 feet long and 9 feet high. While it might be possible to place these shipping container sized structures at existing electrical substations in Palo Alto, finding space for 40 of them is easier in San Antonio than here.

Of course, if you have land in Palo Alto that you would like to donate, please speak up!


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Posted by Just do it
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 14, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Joe-- maybe they can the structures in the Spanish colonial style, based on designs by Birge Clark and Julia Morgan or Else they can make them look like an eichler. Or if they make them look " historic" then Karen Holman will be happy


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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 14, 2014 at 7:40 pm

@joe - San Antonio is twenty times as big and more densely populated than Palo Alto. If they needed 40 fiber huts, Palo Alto would need 2. Even if it ends up being 4 or 10, not very difficult.


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Posted by Organiclaws
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 15, 2014 at 11:46 am

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I imagine the mindset in San Antonio is "we NEED google." The mindset in Palo Alto is that companies are lucky to do business here.


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