The final Google push: An Xpress video-interview

Since Google announced last month that it was planning to test ultra-high-speed fiber broadband networks in a trial group of U.S. cities, many local groups and activists have stepped up to campaign on behalf of Asheville. At the center of many of the efforts have been Hunter Goosmann, Troy Tolle and José Ibarra, all of whom work in the local technology sector.

Together, they created and utilized social media such as Twitter and Facebook to help rally Ashevillians to send in hundreds of nominations. They recently spoke to Mountain Xpress about the creative ways they’ve been trying to get Google’s attention and what securing the Fiber Initiative could mean for WNC:

March 26 marks the last day residents can fill out the online form to nominate Asheville for the initiative. It’s available online at



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About Jake Frankel
Jake Frankel is an award-winning journalist who enjoys covering a wide range of topics, from politics and government to business, education and entertainment.

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