Cities across the country are competing in an unofficial online poll for the title of “Most Deserving City” for Google’s proposed super-fast fiber-optic network, and two heavy-hitters have quickly emerged: Asheville and Greenville, S.C. Right now, Greenville is ahead.
Participants in the month-long poll, which began Tuesday, can vote once per day. Right now, Greenville leads with 13,126 votes (37 percent of the total), while Asheville has 7,855 (22 percent). While there are 31 contenders for the prize, right now the two cities lead the pack by far.
Google’s official nomination process closed late last month, but the crew at the unofficial Google Fiber site decided that “We want the most reactive, effort making and responsive city come out on top and win this Challenge, and we have chosen probably the best and simplest method for deciding the winner. Open Polling.”
An April Fool’s Day prank announce the creation of a “fiber mountain” connecting Asheville, Greenville and Johnson City, Tenn. Google (the official company) have announced that they probably won’t declare the lucky city until September.
— David Forbes, staff writer