Google: Everything’s Up to Date in Kansas City (or will be)

Yesterday, Google announced that Kansas City won the company’s “fiber network of the future contest.”  Here are excerpts from Google’s announcement:

After a careful review, today we’re very happy to announce that we will build our ultra high-speed network in Kansas City, Kansas. We’ve signed a development agreement with the city, and we’ll be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a next-generation web experience to the community. . . .

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.

Pending approval from the city’s Board of Commissioners, we plan to offer service beginning in 2012. We’ll also be looking closely at ways to bring ultra high-speed Internet to other cities across the country.

One of our clients was in the running:  Ontario County, NY has built an open access broadband network as an outgrowth of some strategic planning work we  had done for them.  I’m sure they were a contender, but probably one of the reasons they didn’t make it to the finish line was that they are a fairly small, rural county (which of course makes it all the more amazing that they were able to build their broadband infrastructure in the first place).

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