A city at the center of the country will become the official center of Google's Fiber initiative.
Last year, Google announced its plans to search for the perfect community to roll out its Fiber initiative. The initiative was the company's official goal to deliver to a community internet speeds that are more than 100 times faster than a typical Broadband connection with one gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. After a long drawn out search, Google has settled on the lesser known Kansas City, the one in Kansas.
After a careful review, today we're very happy to announce that we will build our ultra high-speed network in Kansas City, Kansas. We've signed a development agreement with the city, and we'll be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a next-generation web experience to the community, Milo Medin, Google's vice president of Access Services, said via blog post.
More than 1,100 cities and towns across the US put in an application to be Google's chosen city. Google said the ability to work closely with the local government, have a true impact on the city's infrastructure and be able to build efficiently was key in its choice. Kansas City, nicknamed KCK to distinguish it from the bigger, better known Kansas City, Missouri, was chosen for these reasons.
Google expects residents of Kansas City to feel the impact of the new network sometime in early 2012. Already, Kansas City officials and Google have discussed using the Fiber technology to spur innovation in medical imaging and video conferencing for education.
The deployment of this high speed Internet service into our neighborhoods will undoubtedly further advance the academic vision and goals of our local schools and universities. Our students will benefit from this new opportunity allowing them to use this next generation fiber optic system to fully realize their potential in a global economy, Kansas City mayor Joe Reardon said in a statement.
Kansas City is the county seat of Wyandotte County and has a population of 145,786. It is considered a suburb of Kansas City, Mo.