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Community Involvement Report


Summary of activities leading to the Austin, Texas response to the Google "Fiber for Communities" RFI:

screenshot of New York Times article, 'Google Set to Show Fast Internet'

Feb 10, 10:00am - Google announces the "Fiber for Communities" initiative.

Feb 10, 12:23pm - First citizen contact made, requesting City to respond.

To: Chip
From: Stacy
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 12:23:01 -0600

Please get City of Austin to ask
Google to wire our town!!!!


Feb 16 - Austin City Council Committee for Emerging Technology and Telecommunications meets. Receives briefing from City staff. Unanimously approves motion to bring matter to full City Council for action. [video]

Feb 23 - The Big Gig Austin Initiative is created. The social media campaign begins. Facebook group and Twitter account are created. [see Social Media]

Feb 25 - Austin City Council meets for the first time since the Google announcement. Council unanimously approves a resolution that directs the City Manager to work with the community and file a response to the Google "Fiber for Communities" RFI.

screenshot of front page

Mar 9 - The web site is officially unveiled at a City Hall press conference. [see News and Media and Website]

Mar 10 - The Austin Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission conducts a public forum. The Commission hears from several panels of expert speakers, as well as members of the general community. [see Public Forum]

Mar 12-16 - South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival. For a long weekend, Austin becomes the center of the digital universe. Thousands of residents and visitors are engaged in the Big Gig effort. Volunteers shoot "person on the street" interviews. [see SXSW]

Mar 23 - The Big Gig "How Can Google Not Love Us?" Happy Hour and Tweetup is held. [see Meetups]

Mar 26 - City of Austin response filed.