BY JIM FLINK
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“What we’re trying to do with this effort is take people from the megabit web to the gigabit web.”
“Today’s everybody’s used to three, four, five, six, ten, 20 megabits. Right? So a gigabit’s like -- a thousand times bigger.”
“One of our goals is to deliver that kind of connectivity to ordinary people.”
“That’s why we’re rolling out to communities like Kansas City.”
Everything really is up to date in Kansas City. Or it’s gonna be by 2012.
Google announced Kansas City Kansas -- is winner of and soon to be home to -- it’s new ultra-high-speed broadband network. The San Jose Mercury News says, hold it -- which Kansas City?
“No, not the big Kansas City, population 459,787 -- which is in Missouri, oddly enough, and home to jazz clubs, barbecue joints and such landmarks as Crown Center and the Apple (AAPL) Store at Country Club Plaza. Instead, Google today selected Kansas City, Kan. -- population 145,786.”
So this is the Kansas City on the west side of the state line.
Home to the Kansas Speedway -- Sporting KC MLS soccer club -- and the University of Kansas Medical Center -- among others. The Washington Post notes, in this case, smaller is better.
“Google said it selected Kansas City because it was a location where the company could build the network efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop a relationship with the local government.”
What kind of impact? Internet speeds 100 times faster than what most Americans have. Fast enough to download full-feature-films in five minutes. All very affordable to consumers because it’s a public-private partnership. For Wall Street 24/7, that explains everything.
“Some may feel that Kansas is an odd choice, but it should have been assumed that the hottest Internet markets weren’t going to make the cut here. New York City has too high of a population density … Ditto for most other major metro areas. Besides, Kansas City just got DSL web access last year. JUST KIDDING.”
Kidding aside, ZDNet says -- enjoy it Kansas City. Because while Google is promising first you -- then the world, the reality is - it may not happen.
“If the cable industry gets its way, we won’t even have the option of a Google coming in and joining up with our local government to provide true high-speed Internet. So, once more, congratulations to Kansas City, I just wonder how many of the rest of us, if any, will ever get to see affordable broadband from similar partnerships.”
Kansas City Kansas’ Unified Government still has to formally approve the deal.
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