Springs’ Google proposal serious, not flashy

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While some cities are relying on publicity stunts to be selected for a Google pilot program that would install a citywide network of ultra-high-speed broadband service, Springs officials say they are steadily working on a proposal that highlights the city’s military presence and it’s highly technical workforce.

They said it’s not a matter of being subdued, but rather about making a serious bid for the project.

Mayors of other cities vying for the Google program have vowed to swim with sharks and jump out of airplaines, among other things.

“I think having a solid RFI is better than the flashy stuff,” said Curlie Matthews, director of information technology for Colorado Springs.

He also thinks Colorado Springs stands a good chance with Google.

“The military bases have to have a constant exchange of information, every day,” he said. “That’s the kind of thing that will get Google’s attention – not the stunts.”

The Springs plans to send the proposal to Google before the Friday deadline for a pilot program that would install a citywide network of ultra-high-speed broadband service.