Moments after I posted about new methods of financing for FTTH deployments, comes this: Google, who had announced they were looking for community gigabit (yes, gigabit) deployments, appears to be extremely serious. They have now announced that the amount of money will be in the range of "hundreds of millions of dollars", so there is now an unofficial scramble between communities.
To wit, this story from Gizmodo on Topeka, KS formally (and temporarily, hopefully) changing it's name to "Google" in order to attract Google to build out their project in that corner of Kansas. This is not the last we will hear about this, certainly.
connected planet online: Google amps network spending; communities scramble for share