Apparently, the over-the-top proclamations, polar bear jumps, and city re-namings did not work: Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has chosen Kansas City, Kansas as the first city where it will build an “ultra” high-speed broadband network.
Google had said more than a year ago that it intended to build a high-speed broadband network in “a small number of trial locations across the United States” and invited cities to apply. That call prompted more than 1,100 cities across the U.S. to apply and for many of them to take very unusual tactics to try to get Google to choose them; Kansas City neighbor Topeka, for instance, renamed itself Google for a month.
Google says that starting next year it expects to offer internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second in Kansas City-100 times faster than what it says most Americans are used to. Google has said it will share what it learns, presumably to prompt existing internet service providers to offer higher speeds. Faster internet connections, of course, should ultimately mean more people will use Google’s products.
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