Google chooses Kansas City for experimental high-speed lines

Google has chosen Kansas as the location for its experimental citywide high-speed internet project.

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2011, 08:48 AM IST

San Francisco: Google has chosen Kansas City, Kansas as the location for its experimental citywide high-speed internet project, bringing broadband at 1GB a second - 100 times faster than the typical US internet connection, the company announced Wednesday.

Google announced plans for the experimental fibre optic last year, prompting a flood of interest from more than 1,000 localities keen to be on the cutting edge of US networks.

Google said it chose the city of 143,000 because it was a location "where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations".
The internet search giant network has said it is embarking on the project as a way to discover how ultra-fast speeds will change the use of the internet. Though the company is not expected to become an Internet Service Provider it is "looking closely at ways to bring ultra-high speed internet to other cities across the country," the company said.

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