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Google has chosen Kansas City, Kansas for its 1 Gigabit fiber-to-the-home network it announced last February, disappointing the hundreds of other towns that sent in applications in the hopes of getting their own Google-funded superfast network. Just last week, I wondered if Google was merely saber-rattling with its fiber plans after it delayed the announcement late last year, and I’m thrilled to be proven wrong.
From Google’s (s goog) blog post on the topic:
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.
Pending approval from the city’s Board of Commissioners, we plan to offer service beginning in 2012. We’ll also be looking closely at ways to bring ultra high-speed Internet to other cities across the country.
We’ve been pretty excited over Google’s fiber moves, writing about how much it could cost, how it has brought towns together and how it might help keep ISPs honest about the costs of operating a network. And for residents and ISPs serving Kansas City, you may be happy to know that Google plans to share access to its network, a model popular in other countries but not in the U.S. For more details, here’s a video from Google.