Google Fiber is coming to Kansas City! This is such exciting news– out of nearly 1,100 communities we have been chosen for the deployment of this project. Google Chose Kansas City in spring of last year, and the project is expected be rolling out this year! The Google Fiber network will deliver Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is more than 100 times faster than your average broadband connection. You will be able to download and upload files at the same speed, which is a huge innovation. It will connect our schools and public institutions, and it will open the door for Kansas City to become a mecca for technological innovations and advancements.
What exactly does this mean for Kansas City? A million things. Huffington Post recently referred to Kansas City as a possible “Silicon Prarie,” a place where, thanks to Google, we may be seeing a huge boom in technology and computer-based companies. Google is first and foremost focusing on fiber-to-home services, which means that we will see it in our homes before we start seeing it in businesses, but the possibilities at home and at work are endless, and the impact is expected to be great.
So far, over 100 miles of fiber have already been hung throughout the Kansas City area, starting on the Kansas side and working its way into Missouri. There is also speculation that other services may come in tandem with or closely following the implementation of Google Fiber, such as a possible TV service. There is still a lot of work to do, but as Google hangs miles and miles of glass fiber around our city, they will begin connecting to homes. There is no firm date as to when we can expect to see the service available, but stay posted! We’re keeping a close eye on the progress of this exciting initiative and the impact it will have on our computing capabilities.