Google Shows Serious Love To Kansas

After many months of sifting through entrants and getting technical, political and community resources lined up, per a post on the Official Google Blog, Kansas will be the first city to get a serious broadband internet speed bump, courtesy of Google.

After a careful review, today we’re very happy to announce that we will build our ultra high-speed network in Kansas City, Kansas. We’ve signed a development agreement with the city, and we’ll be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a next-generation web experience to the community.

Now there are still a few items that need to be worked out, such as final approval from the Board of Commissioners, but I seriously doubt that will be a delay – after that approval, Google plans to work with local businesses to start building the infrastructure and begin offering the 1000 megabits (or 1 gigabit) to the citizens in 2012.

FYI – that is ridiculously fast. I think Zee Kane from The Next Web put it best in a tweet this morning.

Congratulations Kansas. Congratulations Google. This is a phenomenal undertaking and definitely an engineering feat that many of us will be watching with excitement.

As of right now, the URL that was displayed during the 10am press event that is supposed to show progress and additional information on this project isn’t working. Here it is if you want to check for yourself: www.google.com/fiber/KansasCityKS

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