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Kansas City, Kan., wins Google’s fiber network

Google’s going to Kansas City. The company announced today that Kansas City, Kan., is the winner of Google’s contest to put a 1 gigabit per second network in an American city.

Last year, Google announced it would provide one community with the ultra-fast connections, which are more than 100 times faster than the average connection in America today.

More than 1,100 cities applied to receive the high-speed network. Google announced in a blog post Wednesday that it has signed a development agreement with Kansas City, Kan., and will join Mayor Joe Reardon for a press conference at 10 a.m. PDT — 1 p.m. EDT.

Google said it selected Kansas City because it was a location where the company could build the network efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop a relationship with the local government. Google said it will work with local organizations including the Kauffman FoundationKCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop the network’s future applications.

“Pending approval from the city’s Board of Commissioners, we plan to offer service beginning in 2012,” the company wrote in the post. “We’ll also be looking closely at ways to bring ultra high-speed Internet to other cities across the country.”

Related stories:

Google fiber winners to be announced by end of year; 1,100 apply

Google fiber project gets a Web site, but no winners yet

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.


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