Google announced today, March 30, that Kansas City will be the first city to receive its experimental high-speed Internet network. The city outbid Asheville and more than 1,000 other communities across the country to win the service.
Garnishing the support of many city, county and business leaders who said the service would be a huge boon to the area’s economy, last spring’s local grassroots campaign included an Asheville City Council-endorsed “Google Moment” to encourage citizens to nominate the town.
Google has said the new fiber cables will enable broadband Internet connections that are up to 100 times faster than what most of the country has today.
Why did the award go to Kansas? Here’s an excerpt of the announcement from Google:
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.
All hope is not lost, however. Google adds that: “We’ll also be looking closely at ways to bring ultra high-speed Internet to other cities across the country.”