A2: Google Fiber

Crain’s Detroit Business reports on how Google will be evaluating communities that are interested in its offer to build a high-speed broadband network. Beyond community support, the company will be looking at factors like bureacratic red tape and existing infrastructure. The article quotes Jason Schreiber, president of Lansing-based AriaLink, a direct-to-business fiber network provider: “One of the major challenges to hanging fiber is getting on the poles. Working with DTE and Consumers Energy isn’t necessarily a huge hurdle, but a city that owns its own poles has a tremendous advantage.” [Source]