A little more than a year after announcing its plans to build a superfast, experimental broadband network somewhere in the U.S., Google has announced where that’s going to happen: Kansas City, Kansas.
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.
Google says that nearly 1,100 cities applied to host the high-speed broadband network. Many used public and government support to show Google how desperately they wanted to win the project — Topeka, Kansas, even changed its name to Google, Kansas for the entire month of March 2010.
Google announced its plans about 13 months ago, saying its high-speed network will “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.”