An iPetition started recently is hopeful that its signers can push Google officials and local legislators to bring the internet giant's ultra-fast Fiber network to Bergen County.
"The duopoly of FIOS and Cable must come to an end if technical innovation is going to continue," the petition reads. "By becoming the first North Eastern community to go live with Google Fiber we will bring positive national attention to our area which will help foster business."
Many argue that having Google's 1GB high-speed network in the area would attract business owners and drive down the prices of competing services offered by Verizon, Comcast and other internet providers.
So far, the iPetition—it's not clear who its author is—has fewer than 100 signatures attached.
"Please hurry and dismantle the tyranny of colluding telecom companies in my area," writes Yoshiyuki Nakahashi, one of the signers.
The argument doesn’t stop with a quest for faster internet, however, with concerns arising over infrastructure in local municipalities, delays, and, frankly, performance that doesn’t yet match promises made by Google.
Officials here may even face snags due to regulatory and infrastructure concerns similar to those seen in Google’s home state of California.
Fiber currently runs, or is near operation, in Kansas City; Provo, UT; and Austin, TX.
Would you like to see Google Fiber in Bergen County? Do you think it would provide a real incentive for new businesses in the county, or is that a weak argument with no real economic benefit? Tell us in the comments.