Google announced today that its Google Fiber Internet service will make its debut in Kansas City, Kansas which promises free broadband Web access for schools and speeds 100 times faster than the current average. This is a big deal for Google, but an even bigger deal for KC.
Of the 1,100 local government across the country that applied for the program, Google chose Kansas City (over Madison, Wisconsin) to implement its experimental ultra high-speed Internet network called Google Fiber. The new Internet network is to be launched in 2012.
So what does this mean for our beloved Kansas City? A lot of amazing things, actually. First off, Google Fiber will bring as much as $97 million in investments not to mention an extra 1,000 jobs to the KC 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," said vice president of access services Milo Medin. "We've found this in Kansas City." (via Wisconsin State Journal).
In 2012, Kansas City will experience a new type of Internet- a faster, more reliable network that will provide Internet connections of 1 gagbit per second to as many as 500,000 people.
We don't know about you, but Think Big Partners is thrilled to welcome the Google powerhouse to our growing Kansas City community. We are even more excited that Google Fiber is promoting itself as "Think big with a gig". Now that's something we can relate to.
Written by Allison Way