OK, I am a little blown away by the announcement that Google is bringing gigabit fiber to Kansas City, Kansas. Actually I am ecstatic. This is a huge development for KCK. The fact that Google is going to roll out and test its high-speed gigabit fiber network here is huge, and the fact that they are going to provide it to everyone that lives in the city is outstanding.
We beat out over 1000 cities across the country to get this, and what it came down to was the city government, and the board of utilities.
“The wonderful diversity of our community, neighborhoods and industry make Kansas City, Kansas., a microcosm for the rest of the country. When you combine these assets with our well-established track record of development partnerships, we feel Kansas City, Kansas., is the perfect location for Google to launch its fiber project.”
Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government Joe Reardon.
Google plans to offer the service to KCK residents beginning in 2012, and will be providing free access to schools and city facilities as the fiber network is deployed. There is no word on the pricing structure for residents yet, and frankly I don’t care. If it costs 100 bucks a month for gigabit internet access, as long as I never have to utter the words Time Warner Cable again.
According to Google, they will provide a 1 gigabit per second fiber straight to homes and businesses at a competitive price. That connection speed is up to be 100 times faster than almost all broadband connections connections.and about 100,000 times faster than Road Runner on a good day. One of Google’s goals is to improve Internet access by observing how communities transition from traditional broadband to ultra high-speed fiber optic connections. And Kansas City, Kansas is an ideal location to do just that.
“This project represents the future of how we connect to the Web, and we want it to start in Kansas City. It is a real honor for Google to be here, and we will work hard to deliver a service that will delight and empower this community to lead the nation forward in broadband.”
Milo Medin, vice president for Access Services at Google.