Move over Overland Park. Google is coming to Kansas. But unlike other companies who have planted solidly in Overland Park, Google announced that they will offer high-speed broadband in Wyandotte County. Such a Google thing to do and think outside of the box.
Google announced the Fiber for Communities initiative in February 2010. They extended the invitation to any community in the country that wanted faster broadband internet.
Over 1,100 communities responded to Google, and Wyandotte County came out on top. Once the new network is up and running, the new ultra-high speed connection will be available. Residents and business should pay very competive prices for the service.
Some communities did anything they could think of to get Google's attention. You might remember when Topeka renamed itself Google for the month of March last year, and Google responded by rebranding itself as Topeka on April Fool's Day.
In Kansas, 22 communities responded to Google, including Leawood, Overland Park and Lawrence. On the Missouri side, 37 communities tried to catch Google’s eye, including Kansas City , Independence and St. Louis.
Google defines their ultra high-speed broadband as 2,000 times faster than dial-up and more than 100 times faster than the typical broadband connection. Google said the service would be provided at a "competitive" price, and will be working with the city to start deploying the service in neighborhoods.
On their website's blog, Google said that they made their decision based on where they could build the network efficiently and work closely with local organizations. The Google release said they've developed those relationships with the Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and KU Med.
"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," Google vice president of Access Services Milo Medin said in a statement on their website. "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."
Google will build an ultra-high speed broadband network in one trial location, giving faster internet access to as many as 500,000 people.
"Our goal is to deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today," Medin said.