There's been a group here that has put forth an impressive effort to attract Google's ultra high-speed fiber optic project to Duluth. It's brought portions of the Duluth community together like nothing else I've seen in the 17 years I've lived here.
Google's decision today to choose Kansas City, Kansas as its test-bed city for the project will be a difficult pill for some in Duluth to swallow. Although Google has not yet commented on why Duluth was not chosen, some may point to a few of the possible barriers standing in Duluth's way, such as being located on a steep hill and having such rough winters — potential obstacles to an easy physically placement of the fiber optic cabling the project would require.
I have supported the movement to attract this potentially exciting Google project, and am disappointed that it has not come to pass. Duluth luckily has many other exciting projects in the works to continue making the community a unique northern Minnesota destination.