Google Gigabit Overview
Google announced in February 2010 their plan to "build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States," with the goal to "offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people."
- Build efficiently.
- Make a positive impact on the community.
- Develop relationships with local government and community organizations.
- How much will gigabit internet access cost (and will it be symmetric)? Will the greatly reduced speed of 100 Mbps be available for a mere pittance?
- When will gigabit access be generally available in KCK? It will take time to string fiber, and the roll-out will likely happen in stages, but how long will it take until a large percentage of the 140,000+ residents of KCK have 1 Gbps available to them?
- What kind of an economic boost will gigabit access bring to KCK? It seems to be a generally accepted concept that high-speed internet access enables or accelerates many types of businesses, but because community-wide gigabit networks are not the norm, how long will it take to realize economic benefits that are clearly a result of Google's ultra high-speed broadband experiment?
- What cool new services, products, businesses and 'killer apps' will Google Gigabit bring? KCK will no doubt see an influx of new businesses and an expansion of existing businesses. Initially, that activity will be similar to what's been seen in a few other areas that have already rolled out gigabit access, such as Chattanooga, Tennessee. But the truly cool, amazing and genuinely intriguing stuff that emerges from the Google Gigabit KCK ecosystem can not be listed in this post because they haven't been developed, or maybe even thought of, yet. The coolest thing about gigabit access in KCK is the opportunity for innovation that Google is unleashing in this Midwestern community!
- Development of a user-friendly set of network performance monitoring tools that tell KCK residents (and others globally with ultra high-speed broadband) why their connection seems slow.
- Building or using awesome innovations for leveraging gigabit in community-wide applications, such as local gaming (interactive, augmented reality, etc) and increased telecommuting and telecollaboration for KCK companies because employees will now have network access at home that is as fast as the onsite company network.
- Building more extensive global connections to people and organizations which also have ultra high-speed access, such as those on Internet2 and in countries or regions with pervasive FTTH (fiber to the home) like parts of Scandinavia and 'wired' countries such as South Korea.