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Apr 3, 2011

The masterminds from Mountain View, CA have announced their Google Fiber  program and no its not cereal…

So what is “Google Fiber”?

Fiber is Google’s initiative to select a city in America to bestow upon its residents broadband access that is 2000 times faster than dial-up and more than 100 times faster than any typical broadband connection than what most Americans have access to today.

So why Kanas City?

Straight from the horses mouth: “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. 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.”

Apparantly, Google received more than 600 community responses to their request for information (RFI), and more than 190,000 responses from individuals. With the goal of bringing ultra high-speed broadband to their communities saw citiesrename themselvesgreat YouTube videospublic rallies and hundreds of grassrootsFacebook groups come to life.

Google spokesperson said that they hope to break ground by the end of this year and begin offering service in the first quarter of 2012. As for pricing, nothing has been yet finalized but the company plans to offer service at a competitive price to what people are paying for Internet access today.

So what’s this REALLY mean? Will KC be the next start-up hotspot? The next tech hub, where trends will form and take shape? Will KC birth the next generation of names like Zuckerburg? Gates? Jobs? Or will a rampant misuse of this privilege prevail?

Only time will tell… meanwhile I’m booking my flights and hotel now…


One Response »

  1. Great post Beef. Google is becoming a pure utility play to protect its open protocol, open standards, free services, paid advertising model. Give away enough technology and everybody will use you. But there’s no free lunch so who ends up paying for all of this free technology?

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