By Scott Nyman
Over a year ago, Google announced that it would build a fiber optic data network in one lucky city capable of providing 1 Gbps downloading bandwidth (source). That’s 1,000 Mbps to all you non-nerds out there, and should be 1024 Mbps (2^10 bps), as all the nerds will tell you. I should know, I’m a nerd myself. But, no matter what side of the nerd fence you sit on, that 1 Gbps internet connection feeding internet at over 19 Million times faster than a 56K modem is drool-worthy.
Now a year later, the results are in! Congratulations to Kansas City, KS (that’s Kansas, not Missouri). Over 1,100 towns and cities had submitted pleas to become Google’s experimental hotbed of internet connectivity goodness. Although only one was selected in this round, Google’s Milo Medin has stated, “…today is the start, not the end of the project. And over the coming months, we’ll be talking to other interested cities about the possibility of us bringing ultra high-speed broadband to their communities.”
Those interested in experiencing the benefits of the ultra high-speed internet soon to be experienced by Kansas City would benefit from considering which factors caused the ultimate selection of that city (Hint, hint, Melbourne, FL). The following was posted to Google’s blog:
“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. 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.”
Now I’m just curious to see how many “adult” copyright infringement lawsuits will appear in the U.S. District Court – District of Kansas once the new network becomes live.