The entire country will be watching us here in Kansas as Google announced on Wednesday morning that they’ve picked Kansas City, Kansas out of over 1,000 cities to launch their ultra high-speed broadband network. This is the beginning of a new era for Kansas City and Google.

Kansas City will benefit tremendously from this opportunity, leading the nation in broadband. Free high speed access will be provided to schools throughout Kansas City, Kansas.

The deployment will be free for many business offices and available throughout the community. Cities throughout the KC region will be joining the future efforts for high speed access for medicine, business, bioscience and education facilities. To put this all in context, Google Fiber will deliver 1 gigabit Internet speeds – that’s 2000 times faster than dial-up and more than 100 times faster than a typical broadband connection. Over the past decade, the jump from dial-up to broadband has led to streaming online video, digital music sales, video conferencing over the web, and countless other innovations that have transformed communication and commerce.

We can’t wait to see what new innovations will emerge as Kansas City, Kansas moves from traditional broadband to ultra high-speed fiber optic connections. Service will be offered beginning in early 2012.

“This is the equivalent of Kansas City winning the technology golden ticket,” said Greg Kratofil, a technology lawyer and shareholder for Polsinelli Shughart PC. “This is a game-changer for Kansas City and the whole region.”

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