Filmmaker plans to unveil Google march video Wednesday
Google marchers, prepare for the limelight.
A short video of the 95959google rally in Nevada City – a bid to attract Google’s high-speed fiber Internet access – will premiere Wednesday at the Nevada City Council meeting, 317 Broad St., downtown. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.; the video will be shown at 7:00 p.m.
The video features interviews with community leaders, who talk about how the county would make use of Internet speeds 100 times faster than DSL. Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Holly Hermansen, Telestream President Dan Castles and Nevada City Mayor Reinette Senum were among those interviewed.
Then there’s footage of the March 14 rally and march down Broad Street, which attracted a few hundred sign-carrying, costume-wearing community members.
“We really wanted to show Google we have all the elements behind us – government, community members and high-tech companies,” said Suzanne Warren of Silver Avenue Pictures, who is leading the team producing the video.
After the premiere, the video will be posted on YouTube for review by a Google selection committee. It will be part of a larger application that includes detailed information about the city’s infrastructure – focusing on what the area offers the company for its pilot program and what would be involved in switching over to fiber optics – due to the company March 26.
Both the Nevada City Council and the Grass Valley City Council are voting this week on resolutions supporting the project.
If Google awards the highly-competitive project to greater Nevada City, fiber cables would be strung on telephone poles. In downtown Nevada City and Grass Valley, however, the cables would be buried underground.
Nevada City staff had originally planned to use federal stimulus money to re-pave Broad Street in April before the Amgen race. The project was set to take about five days.
But they recently decided to postpone the extensive, $90,000 fix until fall, due to money, difficulty with water connections, unpredictable weather and time constraints; the new plan is to place a much cheaper, cosmetic overlay, called a “sand slurry,” on the busy street.
The postponement “may be just a blessing in disguise,” said Nevada City Engineer Bill Falconi: In the event Nevada City wins the Google Fiber bid and needs to cut into the pavement to place cables, they would have had to dig into a freshly-fixed road.
“The weather’s not very good, and time is pushing me and utilities are giving me a problem,” Falconi said. “We still have every intention of totally completing the work.”
Mid-April remains the target date for fixing the street, but the overlay is only expected to take one night, Falconi said.
Meanwhile, residents of greater Nevada City hope to hear whether they succeeded in attracting Google’s latest technology in and around the 95959 ZIP code.
Videos from other hopeful cities already are posted on YouTube, and Warren said she’s seen some of them.
“They look like they were spontaneous and quickly put together,” she said. Organizers John Paul and Chip Carman “really wanted a professionally produced video to show Google we have it together here.”
To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 477-4247.
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