Google has selected Kansas City to be the site of their experiment in ultra fast internet – Google Fiber – which will apparently be up to 100 times faster than average American internet speeds.
Reaching speeds of one gigabit per second, Kansas City residents will soon be able to download full-length HD
porno films in about five minutes. From CNN:
Google said the network would offer wire-line service directly to consumers’ homes at “a competitive price.” The network will be built by Google, but consumers will be able to choose their service provider… The goal of the project, according to the company, is to “make the Web better for users.” Google’s view is that faster Internet speeds have always led to new platforms, innovations and businesses. For instance, YouTube, iTunes and Skype would not have taken off had most of America not upgraded from dial-up connections.
Last year, the company called on communities to apply for Google Fiber and received a response from over 1,100 cities.
The service will be up and running by next year, pending approval from Kansas City’s Board of Commisioners. And to the disappointed parties out there, Google did mention that they’re interested in bringing this service to other cities across the US. Crossing my fingers for Seattle.