Google’s Superfast broadband internet service will be launched in Kansas City, Mo. by 2012 and then it will tip-toe to the Missouri side of the state line in the next few months.
Medin, Google’s vice president of Access Services, said, “Google has always said we liked the region. This is our first market expansion and it won’t be the last.”
The network is expected to begin sometime during the fourth quarter, with service beginning in 2012, he added.
This fibre-optic project will deliver internet access 100 times faster than broadband internet connections offered by any telephone and cable companies.
Since Google’s announcement of the plans in March, a population of 459,787 in Kansas city have voted for expansion of the network, reports said.
City Mayor Sly James said the regional partnership between the two Kansas Cities will help ensure the entire region’s success, making it one of the most attractive areas for entrepreneurs in the world.
The plan is waiting to get approved by the Kansas City Council on Thursday. Once the project is approved, Medin said, Google engineers will begin macro-planning work, which already is under way in Kansas City.