KANSAS CITY, KN – Google (Nasdaq:GOOG) will build its first high speed broadband network called Google Fiber in Kansas City, Kansas in 2012, the search engine firm says. The company disclosed the choice on its official blog
More than 1,100 cities vied for the much coveted Google Fiber project, which will provide Internet speeds of 1 gigabit a second, more than 100 times faster than most current U.S. broadband connections.
Google said, “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.”
Other cities may also get their chance at having Google bring ultra high speed broadband to their municipalities, according to Goggle’s Vice President of Access Services, Milo Medin. Medin wrote in the blog post that “Over the coming months we’ll be talking to interested cities about the possibility of us bringing ultra high speed broadband to their communities.”
Many cities in the Southeast submitted proposals seeking to be Google’s first choice for the Google Fiber project.
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