Google's ultra high-speed Internet network may have a major economic impact on the area

KANSAS CITY, Kansas - Google’s ultra high-speed Internet network should be available to the public by the first quarter of next year.

Officials said the new network will change the way people navigate through the World Wide Web.

“We are entrusted in delivering the most compelling user experience that we can; one that has extremely high speeds but also is very affordable for people," said Google Access general manager Kevin Lo.

Google officials said it is too early to answer specific questions regarding how the high speed fiber project will translate into jobs, but many people who work in the technology industry are already speculating.

Baz Abouelenein, the Dean of Information Services at Kansas City, Kansas Community College, said the new network has the potential to create thousands of jobs.

“It is going to open doors for organizations and businesses to start thinking of Kansas City, Kansas as an important ground for them to bring businesses,” said Abouelenein.

Google hasn’t shared finalized plans on how big its operation will be, but experts tell us Google will spend millions of dollars laying fiber and setting up digital switchers.

Local colleges will discuss how to adjust their curriculum to meet the new employment opportunities.

“We are certainly capable and ready to provide the training that is required for our students to participate in that effort,” said Abouelenein.

Google officials said they’re just getting started in the community but as they reveal each step in the process, expect new employment opportunities in our area.

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