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In addition to its world-renowned supply of crazy little women, Kansas City is now the proud owner of a new supply: the world-renowned Google Fiber cables.
The search giant’s project to bring super high-speed Internet access to Kansas City citizens is finally getting off the ground with construction starting today.
On the project’s official blog, Google Access general manager Kevin Lo writes “We’ve measured utility poles; we’ve studied maps and surveyed neighborhoods; we’ve come up with a comprehensive set of detailed engineering plans; and we’ve eaten way too much barbecue. Now, starting today, we’re ready to lay fiber.”
The company’s Google Fiber project is an ambitious experiment to bring gigabit connectivity to homes, schools, and offices around the world. Many Mountain View residents enjoy the super-fast service; Kansas City recently won a bid to become the next Google Fiber community. Google announced the partnership with the city back in May; by the end of July, engineers were surveying the area.
Next, we might even see Google Fiber expanding to international locations.
Lo writes that the process of bringing Google Fiber to Kansas City will involve “thousands of miles of cables” stretched across the twin cities of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. The cables, which contain hair’s-breadth glass fibers, will make up the backbone of “a completely new high speed infrastructure that will ultimately be carrying Kansas Citians’ data at speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today,” Lo concluded.
As soon as the infrastructure is complete, Google will start bringing its high-speed service to Kansas City homes and businesses.