It’s official…Google just announced Kansas City, Kansas will get the first high-speed broadband network in the country. Just a few short miles away from Codero’s headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas, the city beat out more than 1,100 cities across the U.S. to become a test site for the fiber network.
Kansas City, Kansas and area community leaders worked hard to secure the network which will allow internet connections of 1 gigabit per second to up to 500,000 people. Google Fiber transmits light over a fiber-optic cable to send and receive information. To put it into perspective, Google Fiber can make internet access more than 100 times faster than the broadband connection now available in U.S. homes. And 2000 times faster than dial-up!
All parts of the Kansas City, Kansas community will receive the service with Google starting first in the neighborhoods where people desire the service. Installation will take place in 2012.
Why Kansas City, Kansas? The search engine giant’s blog says,
“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. 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.”
We know the response from cities to build the ultra high-speed broadband network in their area was overwhelming and we couldn’t be more excited to have the experimental project taking place right here in Kansas. There’s no place like home.