Google’s plans to launch a one gigabit per second residential broadband network have been in the works for nearly two years now. After extensive testing, picking a city and cutting through miles of red tape, Google is finally ready to enter the next phase of development.
In a blog post titled “Kansas City is Fiber-Ready,” Google has announced that they are finally ready to start laying the thousands of miles of cable needed to run their fiber broadband Internet:
We’ve measured utility poles; we’ve studied maps and surveyed neighborhoods; we’ve come up with a comprehensive set of detailed engineering plans; and we’ve eaten way too much barbecue. Now, starting today, we’re ready to lay fiber.
As we build out Google Fiber, we’ll be taking thousands of miles of cables and stretching them across Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Each cable contains many thin glass fibers, each about the width of a human hair. We’ll be taking these cables and weaving them into a fiber backbone–a completely new high speed infrastructure that will ultimately be carrying Kansas Citians’ data at speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today.Kevin LoGoogle Access
Once the fiber is set up and the infrastructure is ready to go, Google will begin to bring the service to homes across Kansas City.
There’s no specific timeline given for when Google Fiber will be ready for use, but much of the most time consuming work is already finished. We’ll be on the lookout for which areas of Kansas City will get access first.