Google have chosen Kansas City, Kansas as the site for its 1Gbps fibre broadband experiment which it announced last year. The company intends to deploy fibre broadband to the city to try and seek ways to make Internet access better and faster for everyone. The network will start to be built this year and services are expected to be available over it in 2012. Google are intending for this to be competitively priced which will likely mean at a similar level to existing broadband services.
The three goals of this experimental fibre broadband network were to develop new techniques for building fibre networks; enabled developers to build next generation apps to leverage the new access network; and create openness and choice by allowing multiple providers to offer connections through Google fibre.
"After a careful review, today we're very happy to announce that we will build our ultra high-speed network in Kansas City, Kansas. We've signed a development agreement with the city, and we'll be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a next-generation web experience to the community..
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."Milo Medin, (Vice President Access Services) Google
Google received nearly 1,100 nominations for cities across the country requesting that they build fibre broadband there, and this is likely to leave many people disappointed that they didn't win. The message for these people though is that this is the start, not the end of Google's fibre project and the company intends to talk with other interested cities about bringing fibre to them.