In 2010, Google kicked off a contest to find a city to test its experimental, ultra-high-speed fiber network. The ambitious network will boast 1 gigabit per second fiber-to-the-home connectivity, a speed nearly 100 times faster than most Americans have currently.
After many applications to be the first city to host Google's venture, in March of this year they selected Kansas City, Kansas as their first stop.
Today, Google announced on their new "Google Fiber Blog" that the second city that will be receiving the ultra-high-speed network is Kansas City. Wait - what? Oh, I meant Kansas City, Missouri.
That's right, Google has decided to provide its services for all the residents of all Kansas Cities in the United States before moving on to other cities. I actually made that part up. This announcement makes sense considering the two cities are just a hop, skip and a jump across a river from each other.
From the fiber blog:
Google took on this project because we’re committed to moving the web forward. Just as the move from dial-up to broadband led to new and unpredictable innovations, we believe ultra high-speed bandwidth will push the web to even greater heights – and we couldn’t imagine a better place to start than the Kansas City region. With or without Google Fiber, this area is a hub for technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, with a diverse population that represents the rest of the country.
Going forward, we’ll continue to talk to other cities about the possibility of us bringing Google Fiber to their communities. For now, we can’t wait to see how the Kansas City region comes together to benefit from this kind of connectivity.
Speaking of the fiber blog, Google just introduced it yesterday, and today's announcement is it's first post (besides some back posts aggregated from other Google blogs). Maybe the creation of the fiber blog is a sign that more fiber announcements will be coming in the near future? Who knows? Depending on how their experiment goes in the Kansas City region, we might see Google developing super-high-speed networks in many American cities.
The networks are supposed to be up and running sometime in 2012.