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Google Awards Kansas City, KS With Gigabit Fiber

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 45 comments

The rest of the nation is jealous.

People of Kansas City, Kansas rejoice that Google has picked you to be the very first in the nation to be a part of its gigabit fiber initiative.

Nearly 1,100 cities petitioned to Google to be the city, including Topeka, Kansas, which changed its name to Google in hopes of wooing the search company's heart. While Google picked within Kansas, it wasn't the town of Google that got the nod.

"After a careful review, today we’re very happy to announce that we will build our ultra high-speed network in Kansas City, Kansas," the company wrote in a blog post. "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."

"In selecting a city, our goal was to find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations. We’ve found this in Kansas City," the post continued. "We’ll be working closely with local organizations including the Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop the gigabit applications of the future."

Google aims to start service in 2012. Google says it will continue working on bringing gigabit fiber to other cities soon. Fingers crossed!

Google Awards Kansas City With Google Gigabit Fiber

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    dogman_1234 , March 30, 2011 6:05 PM
    So, good news for Google and Kansas.

    On the other hand, the rest of us have crap speed service. This only proves we can have the service, just no one choose it to serve the good of the public. Just another example of companies working for themselves. (Except Google as of now.)
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    atminside , March 30, 2011 6:09 PM
    Just until incumbent ISPs try to derail this project.
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    RipperjackAU , March 30, 2011 6:12 PM
    atminsideJust until incumbent ISPs try to derail this project.


    Or jack up their prices for everybody else, to compensate for the loss of business in Kansas.
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    Anonymous , March 30, 2011 6:27 PM
    Yeah, the ISPs will lose both of their customers in Kansas, and we are all going to have to foot the bill!!!
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    fayzaan , March 30, 2011 6:28 PM
    dogman_1234So, good news for Google and Kansas.On the other hand, the rest of us have crap speed service. This only proves we can have the service, just no one choose it to serve the good of the public. Just another example of companies working for themselves. (Except Google as of now.)


    And thats how the Democracy/Capitalism works...you guys have quite a ways to go to make this a good government system. Not saying Communism is better or anything lawls.
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    davendork , March 30, 2011 6:28 PM
    All bow before Google, new gods of Cyberspace! Now to send Facebook updates in Kansas it will have to go through Google's Interweb Tubes and be tagged with ads according to the responses. Now Google just needs to purchase Cisco and make all the routers tag all traffic with sweet ads.
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    wawa sxm , March 30, 2011 6:52 PM
    dogman_1234So, good news for Google and Kansas.On the other hand, the rest of us have crap speed service. This only proves we can have the service, just no one choose it to serve the good of the public. Just another example of companies working for themselves. (Except Google as of now.)


    thats american greed....elsewhere in the world speeds are faster and cheaper then the states.
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    BulkZerker , March 30, 2011 6:58 PM
    @wawa. No. That's the us's aged information infastructure. Us has some of the longest distances to cover of any natoin. The onlt natoin as large as us with comprable internet speeds to my knowledge is china. And their setup is under 10 years old. Ours meanwhile is between 30 and 80 years old
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    bhaberle , March 30, 2011 7:02 PM
    Congrats Kansas City. I hope it goes well and the networks spread.
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    icepick314 , March 30, 2011 7:04 PM
    that's it!!!!

    I'm moving to Kansas City, Kansas...tornadoes be DAMMED!!!
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    Anonymous , March 30, 2011 7:12 PM
    After battling ISPs over net neutrality etc. Google decides: if you can't beat the ISPs, become an ISP!
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    bavman , March 30, 2011 7:13 PM
    YESSSSSSSSS!!! Haha what are the chances that i live there?
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    gamerk316 , March 30, 2011 7:19 PM
    Damn it, I liked it when my 101 Mbps was best in the nation...

    *moves to Kansas*
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    pelov , March 30, 2011 7:22 PM
    davendorkAll bow before Google, new gods of Cyberspace! Now to send Facebook updates in Kansas it will have to go through Google's Interweb Tubes and be tagged with ads according to the responses. Now Google just needs to purchase Cisco and make all the routers tag all traffic with sweet ads.


    haha. i totally giggled like a schoolgirl at this comment. Not all google ads are bad. Ever encounter some of those that make you stop and think just who's been using your computer or what the hell you've been doing while you're asleep?
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    techguy378 , March 30, 2011 7:22 PM
    This is awesome news. Somebody needs to pick up the slack where Frontier Communications and Verizon have left off. Frontier is in serious danger of going out of business in many, if not all of their markets. Without a fiber optic network (which cable companies don't have) nobody will get high speed internet in the USA.
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    zooted , March 30, 2011 7:29 PM
    Looks like they misspelled Tampa =[.
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    catchercradle , March 30, 2011 7:38 PM
    Any chance of Cambridge as first UK city?
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    mikem_90 , March 30, 2011 7:45 PM
    BulkZerker@wawa. No. That's the us's aged information infastructure. Us has some of the longest distances to cover of any natoin. The onlt natoin as large as us with comprable internet speeds to my knowledge is china. And their setup is under 10 years old. Ours meanwhile is between 30 and 80 years old


    You do know that there are tons of dark fiber not even being used crisscrossing the nation, yes? Sure the 'last mile' part is a bit old in places, but that is because of apathy and greed. Chances are you probably live within 50-75 miles of a fiber trunk.

    Telcos don't want technology to advance. They want to keep raking in the profits and keeping a steady system that they don't have to change or adapt to.

    Every time a city or citizen group says "ENOUGH" and starts to build their own fiber to the home service? They're sued to death by the Telcos for "unfair Competition".

    I for one Hope Google can make this happen and tell the Teclos to SHUT UP OR PUT UP.
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    kcorp2003 , March 30, 2011 7:47 PM
    well lucky them. i guess it was the cheapest place for them to setup and good infrastruture.

    These speeds will never hit NYC or Queens, etc. perhaps in 2025 at an affordable rate.
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    HPrometheus , March 30, 2011 7:50 PM
    Noooooo....it's was supposed to be Boise. It's isolated, mid-size, and ready for our new search overlords!
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