As we become more dependent upon the internet, a hub on OWASA will be more secure and reliable.
During the expedited 2015 siting process for the Google Carrboro hub, there was no public participation. No weight was given to the relative securities and reliabilities of the town-owned sites considered. Because Google would only consider lots that are directly owned by a town (see Google pilfers), the OWASA site never came up.
Following a presentation by Bob Proctor on April 28, the OWASA board indicated much interest in possibly hosting this hub. They directed their manager Ed Kerwin to look into it. Mr. Kerwin contacted the Town’s manager David Andrews, who responded that Google was not interested in relocating.
Why Security and Reliability will be important
This hub could serve as many as 20,000 people in southeastern Orange County. Post-9/11 and post-Katrina, governments are expected to give weight to the security and reliability of new infrastructure. Land lines will go away; Google fiber will provide the only land connections for 911 calls for some areas. Internet home health monitoring will be common, and the county will monitor parolees under house arrest.
The future reliability of the cemetery site is a bit lower than for a typical site, due to the wildfire risk in the surrounding woods. (Campfires are sometimes made by homeless people nearby.) In contrast, the site in the center of OWASA’s fenced campus would have security and reliability that is far higher than is typical. These higher levels can be obtained “for free”. There is no risk for vandalism at OWASA, and it has a far smaller vulnerability to deliberate sabotage.
Google’s cemetery hub would have a back-up generator that depends upon natural gas. But water plants have by far the most robust back-up power supplies. The OWASA plant is manned with trained personnel 24/7 and has fire hydrants on either side of our proposed site. This site is next to their employee’s parking.
- Preserve Green Space
- OWASA is Secure
- Google Hub Locations
- Respect the Departed
- No Public Input
- Nationwide Pilfering
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