An informational meeting has been set for 6 p.m. Monday on how residents and businesses can support Palo Alto's application to Google to be a test community for a Google Open Fiber plan, racing against a March 26 deadline.
Google has invited communities across the nation to apply for a "fiber to the premises" installation that could link homes and businesses throughout the community with high-speed broadband fiber -- an idea that has been discussed for about 15 years in Palo Alto.
The meeting will be in the City Hall lobby, 250 Hamilton Ave., preceding the 7 p.m. City Council meeting.
"Experts from the city and community will provide an overview and answer questions about the Google conditional offer to test a 1 gigabit fiber-to-the-home network in one or more selected American cities," Bob Harrington, adviser to the mayor on fiber and the Internet, said of the meeting.
"The city of Palo Alto wants to be one of the cities selected."
Harrington said that making the cut will require two things: a compelling response by Palo Alto to Google, and a compelling response from the community to Google.
"In this case, our community is defined broadly. It includes everyone who works and/or lives here, those who electronically come to Palo Alto from throughout the globe, and all the organizations that employ or educate or serve them," Harrington said.
Google has said it wants to test how a fully connected community could find innovative ways in which to communicate, and the impact that might have on business, social and educational interactions.