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Old 03-30-2011, 03:05 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Official Google Blog: Ultra high-speed broadband is coming to Kansas City, Kansas

Oh so very close. I have been trying to get details on why KCK was chosen. To me it seems to be an odd choice. Perhaps the ability to lay down new fiber in KCK is very easy. Just wish we could get a taste of that 100Gbs over here on the MO side

I'll bet AT&T and TWC are shaking in their boots over a service that actually delivers what it advertises. If it is hugely successful maybe the whole metro will be up next for experimentation.

If local leaders are smart we should start seeing some interesting web start ups develop in the area. Very good news. (especially for a web analyst like me)
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:27 PM
 
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Google Selects Kansas City for High-Speed Internet Network - Bloomberg

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The company reviewed proposals from almost 1,100 cities, finally selecting Kansas City because it offered opportunities to build efficiently, make an impact on the city, and develop relationships with local organizations, Milo Medin, vice president of access services, said in a blog posting .
The details seem pretty clear:

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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.
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/...coming-to.html
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:50 PM
 
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I could be wrong, but I thought this would benefit the entire KC metro?

It's located in KCK, but it's working with KUMC (yes I realize thats KS) and Kauffman Foundation (which is located in MO) then it will have some reach.

I assumed this would be something that while starting up in KCK would stretch across the metro, into JoCo, and into downtown and MO burbs... but maybe i'm wrong.
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:41 PM
 
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It's cool that Google would choose an "unexciting", economically-depressed city like KCK to start their broadband project. You never know what those Dotters are up to. It will be interesting to see if this creates some kind of economic development in the urban parts of KCK, like tech firms or other companies re-locating there to utilize the broadband service. Real estate is cheap in KCK. Some might see this as an opportunity if they are smart and know what is going on.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Kansas City
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I heard about this on CBS radio today (I am in Detroit, not KC... yet). They said it was coming to "Kansas City", so I assumed they meant KCMO at minimum, but most likely Kansas City on both sides of the border.
This will be very cool!
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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^It's definitely just KCK for now. I'm not surprised that a national news source wouldn't know that KCK and KCMO are different and that when you say KC here people are talking about KCMO.

I was stunned that they said they'd be offering it by next year. That means that next year KCK will have the fastest internet in the country. Pretty effing sweet.

Sucks for that town in Kansas that changed their name to Google though haha.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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I hope KCK can capitalize on this and use it to re-invest in its established areas and not waste the opportunity by going the easy route and simply encouraging more sprawl along 435.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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What a great opportunity for the kids at KCK schools!
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:32 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I hope KCK can capitalize on this and use it to re-invest in its established areas and not waste the opportunity by going the easy route and simply encouraging more sprawl along 435.
Either way, I really hope this attracts new business to the metro. Not just a company crossing the KS-MO border for corporate welfare. For once the metro will have a new reason for bright start ups and Fortune 500 companies to come here.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:28 AM
 
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^It's definitely just KCK for now. I'm not surprised that a national news source wouldn't know that KCK and KCMO are different and that when you say KC here people are talking about KCMO.

I was stunned that they said they'd be offering it by next year. That means that next year KCK will have the fastest internet in the country. Pretty effing sweet.

Sucks for that town in Kansas that changed their name to Google though haha.
Yeah, I laughed at that too. Topeka was lobbying pretty hard. Maybe Google couldn't stand the thought of the Phelps family having Google Fiber before anyone else in the countrty. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised and can't wait to see its reach and its effect on vitalizing the community.
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