Kansas City, KS Wins Google Broadband Competition

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News Posted: Thu, Mar 31 2011 9:21 AM
In February of 2010, Google announced it was going to be running an experiment with its own fiber optic broadband network with speeds of 1Gbps, and that it was taking applications from localities with at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people. More than 1,000 towns applied, and Google eventually delayed the decision to 2011. It's now announced the winner: Kansas City, KS, population 150,000.

Topeka, KS is probably extremely disappointed right now. It took the step of temporarily naming itself Google, KS. Google noticed, as one of the company's April Fools' Day Pranks for 2010 was to rename itself Topeka.

Google noticing the stunt by Topeka wasn't enough for it to win. The build-out of the network is pending approval from the Kansas City's Board of Commissioners. Assuming that happens, Google plans to offer service beginning in 2012.


All is not lost, however. Google said they will also be looking at ways to bring ultra-high-speed Internet to other cities across the country.

Pricing has not been set, although Google has previously said that prices will be "competitive." It was not clear, however, if they meant competitive with standard broadband pricing, or pricing of other ultra-high-speed broadband services.

You can watch a short video on the announcement below.

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1Gbps sounds like a lot of fun! but I have no real use for it ._.

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Kansas City is very lucky... My city applied but did not go to anywhere near the extremes of many other places. 1Gbps speeds hopefully will become the norm soon. Google can crash the web very easily if they fired up all 6 of their web crawlers at one time and that just goes to show how much the internet needs to be beefed up.

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HHGrrl replied on Thu, Mar 31 2011 2:03 PM

Good for KC. Hope 1Gbps speeds will come to other communities soon as well!

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Topeka was on track to receive it and it ultimately came down to “technical stuff”. Specifically it had to do with the cost of pole attachments and who owned the poles.

http://cjonline.com/news/2011-03-30/kck-not-topeka-gets-google-high-speed

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Inspector replied on Thu, Mar 31 2011 4:38 PM

Ya they are lucky, but seeing all they did to get this, they deserved it :)

Also April fools is tomorrow... just to let you know ;) lol

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Mar 31 2011 10:55 PM

Rofl; Very good point Inspector, I could not believe it when my coworkers said they won the lottery. It only figures I was not in for this last drawing. Either way Kansas city is lucky on this one can you imagine if your ISP came and said you would be on a 1Gbps connection for whatever the normal price is in your area. That would be and instantaneous connection, I wonder if your system would need greater resources such as memory etc to handle the info being shoved through it's Ethernet. I imagine you would need at least cat 6E cabling in your house to if not better.

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DRivera replied on Fri, Apr 1 2011 2:06 AM

WTF!!!!!!!!!! I can't even get 2mb down where i live DAMN IT!

I'm packing and moving right the hell now!

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HHGrrl:
Hope 1Gbps speeds will come to other communities soon

Yes, then we can all reach our upcoming Data Caps in 20 minutes each month!

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HAHAHA, if they do cap the data plans... then i rather not have it :P

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Congrats Kansas City!!! Maybe I should consider moving :P

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