Luján backs Farmington's Google proposal
Rep. Ben Ray Luján sent a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt backing the city of Farmington's proposal to bring Google broadband internet to the Four Corners town. Earlier this month, Sen. Tom Udall sent a letter to Schmidt backing Farmington's bid.
"The community of Farmington is diverse, encompassing rural areas of San Juan county and part of the Navajo Nation," part of the letter reads. "Furthermore, Farmington has the infrastructure to support this project, and the city would make an excellent partner in your mission to experiment with next generation computer applications and new deployment techniques."
Farmington is is hoping to become a test city for the Google Fiber for Communities project. Google's project would "test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country."
The high-speed internet would have speed of over 1 gigabit per second -- faster than the DSL or cable internet connection you have at home.
Google will chose one or more cities for the pilot project.
Here is the full text of Rep. Luján's letter:
Dear Mr. Schmidt:
I want to commend Google on its plan to build and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in trial locations across the country through its Google Fiber for Communities project. As our country becomes increasingly dependent on internet technology to conduct our everyday activities, we must continue to invest in the development of Internet technology that will ensure high-quality access for all communities.
I am writing in strong support of Think BIG Farmington's proposal to become a test site for the Google Fiber for Communities project. This letter follows the nomination for Farmington, New Mexico that I submitted through Google's website.
The community of Farmington is diverse, encompassing rural areas of San Juan county and part of the Navajo Nation. The history of Farmington is as rich in history as it is culture, and the history of area communities can be dated back to over 2000 years ago. Farmington has long been a center for commerce in northwestern New Mexico--its farming and ranching economy flourished in the early 1900s and then, later, its natural gas economy.
Google and the city of Farmington will both benefit greatly from this advanced network. By selecting Farmington as a pilot community, Google can advance its gigabit speed internet network while gaining technological experience in a unique geographic region. Furthermore, Farmington has the infrastructure to support this project, and the city would make an excellent partner in your mission to experiment with next generation computer applications and new deployment techniques. Technological advancements are key contributors to economic growth, and building your network in Farmington will equip the community with tools to drive productivity, prepare students for high-tech jobs, improve access to education, and generate a higher standard of living for its residents.
The Google Fiber for Communities project will create more jobs and help grow small businesses in New Mexico, two key objectives that I have been a strong advocate for during my time in Congress. I urge your full consideration of Think BIG Farmington's proposal, and thank you for your continued commitment to innovation.
Ben Ray Luján
Member of Congress