CEQA chases awesome Google project to Missouri, Texas

April 13, 2013

By Chris Reed

google-fiberA really cool project conceived of and developed by Google in Silicon Valley isn’t going to do Californians any good in the short term. It is Google Fiber — the search giant’s experimental Internet infrastructure that can go 100 times the speed of regular broadband.

The first city Google brought the project to was Kansas City, Mo., where residents love Fiber and its reasonable cost. This week, Google announced the second city to get this amazing treat was Austin, Tex.

Why no Cali in the mix? In a development that will surprise only Democrats in the Legislature and denizens of faculty lounges, it is the California Environmental Quality Act. Google Fire BP Milo Medlin explains:

“Many fine California city proposals for the Google Fiber project were ultimately passed over in part because of the regulatory complexity here brought about by CEQA [California Environmental Quality Act] and other rules. Other states have equivalent processes in place to protect the environment without causing such harm to business processes, and therefore create incentives for new services to be deployed there instead.”

Here’s what we’re missing:

“Ryan Carpenter still speaks in amazed tones of the December night when he simultaneously streamed four high-definition TV shows (two Christmas specials, an episode of The Office, and a Kansas University basketball game), recording three of them on the included two-terabyte DVR. That’s two more shows than he could previously watch at once, with plenty of capacity to spare. ‘It just blows my mind — we can be running video via Wi-Fi on two smartphones and on two laptops, and also be watching and recording TV shows all at the same time,’ he says. ‘It’s a vastly superior service.’ And that’s even without touching high-bandwidth Web apps that work seamlessly at superfast speeds, such as 3-D maps of cities that have imperceptible load times. … Google’s supercharged service is priced at just $70 per month, or $120 with bundled television, plus tax.”

Wow. CEQA should be a curse word.


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  1. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 13 April, 2013, 11:20

    Observation #1

    Google honcho’s Brin, Parker and Schmidt are all stereotypical Silicon Valley “Progressives”. Just like other members of their subspecies, they support politicians who destroy jobs and impede progress, then avoid the consequences by outsourcing jobs and technology. And they do it while lining their already full pockets with more filthy lucre. Nice people huh?

    Observation #2

    This sort of technology will speed up the rapid destruction of what is left of our Constitutional Republic by providing even more bread and circuses for the already ignorant and distracted masses. Who will bother with the drudgery of becoming an informed citizen when you can “be running video via Wi-Fi on two smartphones and on two laptops, and also be watching and recording TV shows all at the same time”?

    With these kinds of virtual reality distractions the zombified masses won’t even notice when The Overlords declare permanent martial law (for the children of course!).

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  2. Hondo
    Hondo 13 April, 2013, 21:12

    I don’t understand why the dems are so unfazed by their having the worst unemployment rate in the country. The same for poverty and welfare. You can raise taxes all you want on the unemployed, you ain’t gonna get any more money. The state is spending tens of billions of dollars a year on education, only to see the graduates move to other states for jobs. There is no return on the education investment. Except to fill the pockets of the public unions.
    This state simply can’t support its massive public sector without a tax paying private sector. Sure, there is a short term increase in tax revenues after the tax increases, but short term is it. I’m guessing by the end of the year things are gonna start coming up short. And next year, an election year, promises to be a dandy. Just how are the dems gonna blame the republicans for the dems bad policies? They’ll find a way.

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