We’re planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.
The service is pending approval from the city’s Board of Commissioners and should see a rollout beginning in 2012 –that is unless the ISPs put a block in place. Google’s fiber won’t only displace the cable/Telcom ISPs in Kansas City, but it will also force U.S. customers nationwide to ask why they can’t have the same options.
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.
Besides the cable companies and telecoms, one other party has to be pretty dismayed about the announcement. Neighboring Topeka Kansas renamed itself Google, Kansas last year in a bid to woo Google and its super fast broadband connections.