Google announced Wednesday plans to build their first ultra high-speed Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in Kansas City, Kansas. The company has signed a development agreement with the city and will be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a the network technology to the community and provide 1GB of access to every home.
According to Google, Kansas City was selected because it offers the opportunity
to "build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations." Google plans to cooperate with local organizations including the Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop their new gigabit applications.
Pending approval from the city’s Board of Commissioners, Google plans to offer service beginning in 2012, and is also investigating other U.S. cities where the company can bring ultra high-speed Internet.
A video explaining Google's vision and selection of Kansas City is available on YouTube.