Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Welcome to the Heartland Google

          I don’t know how many people in this area are excited. I just know that I am. I guess that you could say that I’m a big fan of Google. That’s why I’m excited. They are bringing their high speed broadband to Kansas City, Kansas. That’s not too far from where I live, only about 20 miles west. They announced on their official blog that KCK would be the first city to receive their service. Google say’s that their ultra fast network will be capable of making internet access more than 100 times faster than the broadband connections in most U.S. homes. More than 1100 cities throughout the country made bids to become the test site for their network, which will provide internet connections of 1 gigabyte per second to up to 500,000 people. The city of Topeka, Kansas had even changed their city name briefly to Google, Kansas.

          The launch will coincide with Alcatel-Lucent Developer platform, Alcatel-Lucent provides service providers and enterprises with tools that enable third party developers to build, test, manage, and distribute applications across networks, including television, broadband internet, and mobile. Google says that the new network will be built in conjunction with the city. Google plans to work closely with local organizations, businesses, and universities as the infrastructure is built. Bringing Americans better access to high speed internet is part of this effort from Google and is also part of a U.S. government initiative as well, with it’s National Broadband Plan. The U.S. government recently released a map of broadband availability in the country, highlighting how much work needs to happen to bring high speed internet access at various cities throughout the country. I for one am happy about this. The high speed access in this area isn’t too good unless you spend a lot of money.

            Although as Google say’s , access is a part of the problem, but so is speed. As we consume more business and pleasure online broadband speed is critical. Google also hopes that supporting high speed internet, it will in turn spur more innovations around technologies that depend on it, particularly hospitals and universities. Google says that pending approval from Kansa City’s Board of Commissioner’s, the service will be available beginning next year. Google is also looking for ways to bringing the same internet speeds to other countries. The following video is from KCK’s mayor, take a look and please feel free to leave some feedback. It’s always my pleasure to hear from you. Go on now, get out there and enjoy your day!               




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