With video: Ann Arbor 'mob' makes another case to attract Google Fiber
Angela Cesere | AnnArbor.com
A few hundred Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County residents packed into the University of Michigan Diag in a "flash mob" on Friday afternoon in a bid to attract Google's attention.
Chanting "Ann Arbor Google Fiber, ain't Nothing any finer," in the central campus location, the crowd was looking to unite largely online interest and earn as much attention as possible for Ann Arbor's bid.
With the potential prize of becoming the first city to be tested with Google's fiberoptic network Â - capable of Internet speeds 100 times faster than commercially available service - the competition between cities across the U.S. is fierce, community organizer Chad Wiebesick told the crowd.
"We're going to catapult Ann Arbor's fiber fight to the national level," he said.
In Ann Arbor, city officials, business executives, residents and University of Michigan leaders have resolved to bombard Google with requests related to the fiber optic competition.