Google has finally announced which city it will grace with a 100 times faster than average Fiber Internet connection. The winner? Kansas City, Kansas. This finally puts an end to the year long wait of which lucky city would be visited by Google and graced with the insanely fast 1 Gbps connection.
Of the 1,000 or so cities that applied to be a part of Google’s 1 Gbps Fiber initiative, Kansas City beat them out. Google said the ability to work with local organizations was key in helping the search engine giant spread the wonder of 1 Gbps Fiber Internet. If you don’t live in Kansas City and are tucked in the outskirts of town, don’t worry. While Google has no intention of bringing Fiber services to other cities, it does have an eye on the surrounding communities should Kansas City prove to be a success.
Despite Google’s bold moving in becoming a local Internet Service Provider, it has no intentions of taking on the big guys such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. In a blog post, Google reassured everyone it wasn’t making a crazy foray in to something way over heard its head but instead wanted to be a model for the future of Internet connectivity by starting small:
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.