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On March 30, 2011, Google announced that it would bring its new high-speed fiberoptic network to Kansas City, Kan. Residents and businesses would be able to connect at a speed of 1 gigabit per second, 100 times faster than the average American's connection speed. In May 2011, the company announced that the service would be extended to Kansas City, Mo., as well. On July 26, 2012, Google announced that it would launch a television service along with the internet service. The announcement marked a six-week rally during which interested people can pre-register for Google's services. The next big date is Sept. 9, 2012, at which point the pre-registration period is over, and Kansas Citians who've secured the service can begin to schedule installations.

Google to Make KCK Fastest Internet

Announcement was made in the auditorium at Wyandotte High School. Photo: Dan Verbeck / KCUR.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Google has picked Kansas City, Kansas as the location for its first ultra high-speed fiber project.

Google unveiled their plan a year ago to build and study the use of ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of cities across the country. More than 1,100 communities submitted applications.

Google has committed to providing 1 gigabit per second fiber straight to homes and businesses at a competitive price in KCK. This is 100 times faster than most broadband connections speeds.

The internet company also will be giving free access to schools and city facilities.

In a press release, Unified Government Mayor Joe Reardon called it an honor to partner with google and would benefit schools and universities.


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