Google to expand ultra high-speed network to Kansas City, Mo.
Google is now giving Kansas Citians on both sides of State Line Road autobahn-fast access to the information superhighway. The Internet giant, which announced on March 30 that it would build its ultra high-speed network in Kansas City, Kan., is expanding that coverage to Kansas City, Mo. (Google fiber image, left, from fiberforcommunities.com)
Google will make the network, which is said to be 100 times faster than the high-speed broadband in most U.S. homes, available in early 2012 in Kansas City, Kan. and at roughly the same time across the state line.
Kansas City, Mo. mayor Sly James said in a press release that his city's collaboration with Google signifies Kansas City ushering in "a new age of ultra high speed connectivity."
"Our region’s future relies on recruiting the smartest and most innovative people," James said. "As a result of this announcement, we have become the most attractive city on the planet to entrepreneurs. This is a huge win for the entire region today, but an even larger win for us for our shared future."
For more on Google's announcement on March 30, see our story ("Google tabs Kansas City, Kan. for ultra high-speed network (Video)"), or for additional information on today's news, check out these stories from other outlets:
- Release from City Hall: "Kansas City, Mo. selected for Google fiber for communities"
- The Kansas City Star: "Mayor James: Kansas City partnership with Google will 'push the frontier forward'"
- The Kansas City Business Journal: "Sources: Google will extend ultra-fast Internet network to Kansas City, Mo."