Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kansas City, not Missoula, wins Google's heart

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 9:35 AM

The dream of becoming Google's adopted city is over, and with it any hope of wicked fast Internet service. The company announced yesterday that it will build a state-of-the-art fiber optic data network in Kansas City, Kan., a suburb of the real Kansas City in Missouri.

The much-coveted project prompted cities across the nation to go bananas in hopes of attracting Google. The mayor of Duluth, Minn., jumped into Lake Superior to declare his commitment to bring the network to his town. Topeka, Kan., renamed itself "Google" for the month of March last year. Missoula kept it a bit more chill, with local rallies and a Facebook page. It didn't work.

“Our goal was to find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community, and develop relationships with local government and community organizations,’’ wrote Milo Medin, Google’s vice president of access services, on the company’s blog. “We’ve found this in Kansas City.’’

Network World speculated the decision may have had to do with the location of Sprint's official headquarters. The two companies are already working together on Google Voice.

According to Medin, nearly 1,100 cities applied along with Missoula for the network.

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