Google Fiber to build in Kansas

POSTED MARCH 30TH, 2011

More than a year ago Google announced plans to finance and build a state of the art fiber-optic network for one lucky city in the United States. This was very significant given the large capital costs to build and deploy a fiber optic network, not to mention the fact that subscribers would be able to experience connection speeds nearly 100 times faster than traditional broadband. To say the announcement created a stir would be an understatement, Google received applications from nearly 1,100 cities and almost 195,000 letters of support from individuals hoping to have their city chosen. In fact, the Mayor of Topeka, Kansas even announced that his city would be unofficially changing its name to “Google” for a month to try and sway the technology giant. All was for naught though as neighbourly rival bidder, Kansas City, Kansas was announced as the winner earlier today.

The huge outpouring of support serves to exemplify the growing demand for fiber optic networks.  The demand for bandwidth is unquestionable and while wireless technology is becoming more prevalent by the day it cannot continue to grow without a corresponding backbone network.

Update: Benoit at fiberevolution has a great breakdown of Google’s decision – http://bit.ly/ephtkX

24 thoughts on “Google Fiber to build in Kansas

  1. So if I want to move to Google city, how much will I pay for GE services?

    too bad the winner wasn’t Vancouver …

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