Google Fiber, the project to build an experimental 1Gbps fibre-optic broadband network in Kansas City, is poised for launch, Milo Medin, vice president of access services, has confirmed in a post on Google’s official blog. Medin announced: ‘Google Fiber is 100 times faster than today’s average broadband. No more buffering. No more loading. No more waiting. Gigabit speeds will get rid of these pesky, archaic problems and open up new opportunities for the web. Imagine instantaneous sharing; truly global education; medical appointments with 3D imaging; even new industries that we have not even dreamed of, powered by a gig. When we asked people what they value in their internet service, the majority of them simply said, ‘choice’. So we listened. Kansas [City residents] will choose where we install and when. We have divided Kansas City into small communities we call ‘fiberhoods’. To get service, each fiberhood needs a critical mass of their residents to pre-register. The fiberhoods with the highest pre-registration percentage will get Google Fiber first. Households in Kansas City can pre-register for the next six weeks, and they can rally their neighbours to pre-register, too. Once the pre-registration period is over, residents of the qualified fiberhoods will be able to choose between three different packages (including TV)’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Kansas City was declared the winner of Google’s ‘Google Fiber’ contest on 30 March 2011, beating off more than 1,100 locations in the process. 17 days after the initial announcement, Google announced the decision to include Kansas City, Missouri, thus offering the service to both sides of the state line.