Google's selection today of Kansas City, Kansas, to host a super-fast Internet meant that nearly 50 North Carolina communities lost out on their bid to claim the technology prize.
The Triangle alone accounted for nine contenders to host the Google network that's 100 times faster than the high-speed Internet available to most people today. In all, some 1,100 communities around the country vied for the prestige of getting rewired by Google and for the validation attached to becoming a Google host city.
Public officials preened, pranced and bragged about their technology geeks and their love of affair with all things Google. In the end, most knew that their application was a technological lottery, a statistical long shot that could not be improved with publicity stunts.
"There's no shock. Anytime there's 1,100 communities across the country, the competition is very keen," said Bruce Radford, town manager in Apex. "We didn't rename the town Google for a month, we didn't have a Google day. We did ours straight up, purely on the merits."