You will be able to soon. Last week, Google promoted that there will be a major announcement on July 26 about the ultra-high-speed network.
If you’ve missed the buzz, Kansas City was chosen out of 1,000 communities as the optimal place to launch their new fiber-optic service. I recently heard Rachel Hack, Kansas City’s Community Manager for Google, talk about what this means for the area. It’s exciting thinking about the possibilities and how this will improve our lives.
In addition to individuals in their homes, Google Fiber’s hi-speed connectivity will benefit:
- Hospitals—telemedicine and home monitoring; children’s health
- Entrepreneurs—increased ability to launch and sell
- Libraries—expanded file sharing
- Schools—increased student engagement and interactivity
- Community Centers—increased access
What is Google Fiber?
Google Fiber is a fiber-optic network, which uses lasers to transmit pulses of light across bundled strands of glass as thin as a hair. The strands of glass are called fiber-optic cables. Compared with the metal wires of dial-up and broadband connections, they allow us to send and receive information at far greater speeds less expensively. Fiber-optic networks are 100 times faster than the average broadband connection in America and 20,000 times faster than the average dial-up connection. (source: www.GoogleConnectskc.com)
I’m on their email list so looking forward to updates and progress reports. Stay tuned for my next installment about why Kansas City is such a great place to live (Gallup makes it official).
To learn more about Google Fiber:
- Sign up for email updates at Fiber.Google.com
- Visit their website, www.googleconnectskc.com
- Listen to Rachel Hack’s video and Rachel Hack’s podcast(courtesy of the Kansas City Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators)
Resources and links:
- KMBC story
- Kauffman Foundation’s Fiber Company Creation Team
- July 18 Announcement and Thank You Kansas City video