Picente Announces Countywide Response To Google RFI

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that Oneida County, in collaboration with SUNYIT, has responded to a Request For Information (RFI) put out by Google. Google is planning to launch an experiment that they hope will make Internet access better and faster for everyone. They plan to test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country. Their networks will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today, over 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. They will offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people. Communities across the country are vying to be the test sight for this Google experiment. 

“This is an excellent opportunity for Oneida County to not only attract a major world-wide employer such as Google but to also bring ultra high-speed Internet access to all of our residents,” Picente said. “There are a multitude of benefits that having Internet access such as this will bring and it will greatly enhance the overall appeal of our entire County, not only to new residents but also to potential new employers.”

SUNYIT was an important partner in the organization and execution of Oneida County’s Google RFI. "SUNYIT is pleased to support Oneida County's application for this project," said Wolf Yeigh, President of SUNYIT. "Just as Oneida County was the birthplace of the Erie Canal, the 19th century wellspring of growth and economic development for the nation, we could be an important part of its 21st century equivalent."
Representatives from all over Oneida County have come out in support of this project. We have received support letters as well as the commitment to give Google all the assistance they will need should they choose our location for this project.
“Expanding access to broadband is essential to the success of Oneida County and all of Upstate New York,” said Arcuri.   “Ultra-high speed internet access will help revitalize the economies of our rural and post-industrial cities by creating jobs, economic opportunities and educational advancements, innovations and more. Participating in this project would greatly benefit our region in an increasingly high-tech world.”
Senator Joseph A. Griffo said, “Oneida County’s response to Google’s Fiber for Communities project offers our region an outstanding opportunity to move into the fast lane of growth. To work a click away from Wall Street and enjoy the outstanding quality of life that is offered in Oneida County and the surrounding area is almost a vision too good to be true – but it is one segment of what could come to pass through this project. I thank County Government for taking the lead to move this project forward. Google and Oneida County can make this project a showpiece of transformation that shows just how fast and how far one region can go through the power of innovation.
“As Chair of the New York State Assembly’s Governmental Operations Committee, I have served on the State’s Broadband Council, whose main goal is to expand broadband service to areas that are either unserved or underserved,” said Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito (D-Rome).  “I support this project not only because of the positive economic impact it can bring to the Mohawk Valley, but also because it can improve the public’s access to information, educational programs, and distance learning opportunities.  It also can help improve medical record-keeping in our region.”
“Bringing the many advantages of high speed internet to Oneida County residents is a priority in that it will facilitate economic growth and expanded access to health care and safety applications, along with innumerable educational and socio-economic advantages for the rural communities,” said Assemblyman Bill Magee. “This Google project would be a major advantage to all residents of the County.”
“Oneida County would make a valuable community partner to test Google’s new, ultra-high speed broadband network,” said Assemblyman David Townsend (R,WF-Sylvan Beach). “We offer an educated workforce, scenic landscapes, and access to Central New York’s burgeoning high-tech hub. The Google Fiber for Communities pilot project should ‘connect’ with Oneida County residents today!”
Utica Mayor David Roefaro said, “Google’s plan to test ultra-high speed broadband networks should hone in on Oneida County and hopefully, the City of Utica too. I told Google this in a letter, and truly believe that Utica would be a perfect fit for an extension of corporate America. Whether it’s our small tech companies downtown, or our specialized local medical imaging sector, Oneida County and Utica would equip Google with everything it needs. Our college town atmosphere would also correlate well with the fortune firm and its own brand image. Working with County Executive Picente, I think our area will be both a strong contender and a natural choice.”
Oneida County Director of Central Services and the point of contact for this project said, “Oneida County truly is the perfect place for Google’s experiment.  Their primary goal is to find communities that will support a fast and easy build-out of a Google fiber network.  Based on the outstanding level of interest, cooperation and support we received from a vast array of contributors during the preparation of our submission, I’d say Google will find exactly what they’re looking for in Oneida County.” 
This project offers many possibilities for Oneida County such as a rural health clinic with the ability to stream three-dimensional medical imaging over the web, and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York.  Also, the ability to download a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes or a student in one of our many excellent colleges collaborating with classmates around the world while watching live 3D video of a university lecture. Universal, ultra high-speed Internet access will make all this, and more possible.
To learn more about our submission and to view our video presentation, please visit www.ocgov.net/google.