KANSAS CITY, Kansas - Google officials announced limited details on the actual process of bringing the ultra high-speed fiber project to Kansas City, Kansas.
However, they said the company plans to build and manage the new system by working closely with outside vendors.
“This network is about the next generation of the internet. We don't actually know everything we are going to do with it and so it's important to find good partners to work with,” said Kevin Lo, the general manager of Google Access.
Work is scheduled to begin first thing Thursday morning.
Engineers will assess the area and create a plan to work from.
That’s exciting to educators who said this faster broadband network will create new possibilities for students.
“Information is power. They will be able to have that at their fingertips during the day and outside of school. It is important for our kids to have access to information so they can create and produce not only for the academic part of their life but just for life in general,” said Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools for Kansas City, Kansas.
Over the next several months, Google will work with the city and utility companies to refine its plans.
They will also work with community groups assigned to train people on computer and broadband usage.
“We plan on working with and getting a lot of the community organizations to help people on what it is, how to use it and how to really take advantage of it on a go forward basis” said Lo
Google officials expect to have all this in place for a first quarter 2012 launch.
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