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Kansas City, Kansas, Gets Google Fiber

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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.

2 Responses to “Kansas City, Kansas, Gets Google Fiber”

  1. How about keeping the telco – Cable – Cellular oligopoly honest. Oh that’s right they are corrupt and would rather waste money on preventing American success than doing the right thing…pathetic.

    They (incumbent oligopoly) have collectively received over $200 Billion in American tax dollars, additional fees and additional taxes…all for providing Fiber to Americans. Where’s the Fiber?

    Here is a map showing the states and the laws the incumbent oligopoly has put on the books to prevent Fiber from coming to American citizens living there…another pathetic fail. Note: not all laws are listed, however if you click on a state you will see something.

    It is reported that the incumbent oligopoly in addition to ignoring their previous PROMISES of Fiber, spends over a million per WEEK lobbying local, state and national politicians to create and maintain those anti-American, anti-job creation laws. Yet another fail.

    To add insult to injury, now they want another 10 or 15 years to give us what they promised over 20 years ago? Are you kidding me? Where’s the Fiber? WTF?

    Thankfully we have options today, there are already communities in America with synchronous Fiber To The Home (FTTH) were we can move to find bandwidth in addition to jobs. When Google announces their other four cities this year, there will be just over 30 communities in the USA with synchronous FTTH! Finally, we should have had thousands of communities if the incumbents would have done their job wisely, but they chose to be fools!

    No way in heck am I going to wait another 10 years, 5 years much less 2 years. The world might not end in 2012, but I will have synchronous FTTH and will move to get it, hopefully in 2011! And I will run DD-WRT, OpenWRT or tomato firmware on a supported firewall/router to verify that my provider is not messing with me.

    Thankfully with Synchronous FTTH there is no incentive for “the Light filled providers non-incumbents” them to play such childish games as throttling, restricting and limiting our bandwidth, Net Neutrality, Quality of Service (QoS) reductions, or preventing us from running my own Cloud server at home. Because you are only limited by the size of your upstream pipe, not some empty promise “up to” something less than what you are paying for. No more FRAUD!

    Such is the bright LIGHT that comes with ONLY Synchronous FTTH! Any other solution is at best a Ponzi scheme or at worst FRAUD!

    Go to the Light Americans, move into the Light, save yourself, your family and your children’s children.

    Thank you Google one ken-obi you are one of our final hopes! The others are Greenlight(NC), Fibrant (NC); EPB (TN); LUS (LA); Utopia(UT) and Prime-Time(UT/KS). You guys are the good guys, the White hats, the hope for American Citizens, the companies that honestly care about Americans are willing to provide decent to great customer service. Thank you all!

    No thanks to you dirty, nasty, lying incumbents who betrayed American TRUST! You guys are Evil, Anti-American, Anti-consumer, provide customer no-service and disgust many Americans. It just took 20 years for some Americans to wake up to your reality!