KANSAS CITY, Kansas - A BIG announcement out of the world's most popular search engine Wednesday morning. Google is coming to Wyandotte County!
Google announced on their website they are bringing their ultra high-speed fiber network to Kansas City, Kansas.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback joined Unified Government Mayor Joe Reardon and several Google executives at Wyandotte High School Wednesday afternoon to make the official announcement.
"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," Google vice president of Access Services Milo Medin said in a statement on their website. "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."
Google announced the Fiber for Communities initiative in February 2010. They extended the invitation to any community in the country that wanted faster broadband Internet.
Google will build an ultra-high speed broadband network in one trial location, giving faster Internet access to as many as 500,000 people.
"Our goal is to deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today," Medin said.
Over 1,100 communities responded to Google, and Wyandotte County came out on top. WyCo will now work with Google to develop and build the network. Once it’s up and running, the new ultra-high speed connection will be available to residents and businesses at a competitive price.
Some communities did anything they could think of to get Google's attention. You might remember when Topeka renamed itself Google for the month of March last year, and Google responded by rebranding itself as Topeka on April Fool's Day.
In Kansas, 22 communities responded to Google, including Leawood, Overland Park and Lawrence. On the Missouri side, 37 communities tried to catch Google’s eye, including Kansas City , Independence and St. Louis.
Kauffman Foundation, one of the partners in the project, released the following statement:
“The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is enthusiastically supportive of Google’s initiative to bring a super high-speed broadband network to the Kansas City metro area. This experimental technology promises limitless possibilities for the innovators who now have the opportunity to pioneer a whole new future for not just our area, but the world. As a hub to entrepreneurs and innovators, the Kauffman Foundation’s goal is to support and facilitate innovative thinking that drives development of high-growth businesses, which create jobs and economic growth while solving some of society’s biggest challenges. Google’s high-speed network will greatly enhance the incubation of innovative entrepreneurial ideas and applications that will transform lives.” -- Carl Schramm, Kauffman’s president and CEO