Google Fiber http://kcur.org en Overland Park Expected To Green-Light Google Fiber http://kcur.org/post/overland-park-expected-green-light-google-fiber <p>The Overland Park City Council will vote Monday night on a pair of plans to bring Google Fiber to the Kansas suburb, months after striking a preliminary deal.</p><p>Google Fiber walked away from that discussion after several council members asked about liability for city-owned utilities such as light poles, even though they ultimately wanted to approve the plan.&nbsp;</p><p>That shouldn't be a problem moving forward, says Councilman Paul Lyons.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:33:41 +0000 Elle Moxley 58496 at http://kcur.org Overland Park Expected To Green-Light Google Fiber Google Fiber Report Card http://kcur.org/post/google-fiber-report-card <p>Kansas City was selected as the first place in the country to receive Google Fiber. Now that fiber networks have been established in the many communities in the metropolitan area, users have experienced internet connection that is 100 times faster than typical broadband speeds.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Google Fiber and other fiber networks expand to other cities </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">we explore how well Kansas City is capitalizing on it's head start and where it might be falling short.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:00:42 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51400 at http://kcur.org The Benefits And Disadvantages To Launching A Startup In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/benefits-and-disadvantages-launching-startup-kansas-city <p>The Kansas City metro area has become home to numerous tech startups over the last few years, in part because of &nbsp;Google Fiber, but also because low rental prices and large <a href="http://kcur.org/post/how-far-has-kansas-city-come-tech-town">cutting-edge tech companies</a> that call the city home.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:45:15 +0000 Esther Honig 48223 at http://kcur.org The Benefits And Disadvantages To Launching A Startup In Kansas City Google Fiber And Kansas City's Digital Divide http://kcur.org/post/google-fiber-and-kansas-citys-digital-divide <p>While Google has cast a spotlight on Kansas City that has the country excited about high speed internet, like most cities around the country, access is not equally available.</p><p>Internet activists believe that the arrival of Google Fiber has highlighted the so-called digital divide. But Google says it wants to work with the communities and organizations involved in bridging the gap.</p><p><strong>Digital training, a life necessity&nbsp;</strong></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:49:45 +0000 Laura Ziegler 48227 at http://kcur.org Google Fiber And Kansas City's Digital Divide How Far Has Kansas City Come As A Tech Town? http://kcur.org/post/how-far-has-kansas-city-come-tech-town <p><span style="font-size: 24px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">Long before Google Fiber arrived in 2011, Kansas City has had a thriving technology sector, with cutting-edge companies like </span>Cerner<span style="font-size: 24px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">, Garmin and Sprint (whose roots go back to 1899 in Abilene, </span>Kan<span style="font-size: 24px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">.). Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:12:08 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Matthew Long-Middleton 48226 at http://kcur.org How Far Has Kansas City Come As A Tech Town? Roeland Park, Kan. Council Votes To Bring In Google Fiber http://kcur.org/post/roeland-park-kan-council-votes-bring-google-fiber <p>The Roeland Park City Council Tuesday voted<a href="http://www.roelandpark.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/09032013-Council-Agenda.pdf">&nbsp;</a>to bring Google Fiber, the high-speed Internet service, to the city. Spokeswoman Jenna Wandres says Roeland Park marks the "<a href="https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&amp;msid=208760979500722959097.0004dc193ba9ea546b1bb&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=39.055451,-94.55658&amp;spn=0.682501,1.318359&amp;z=9&amp;source=embed">14th local Kansas City expansion</a> (in addition to the original announcements in Kansas City, Kan. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:18:58 +0000 Laura Spencer 43024 at http://kcur.org Roeland Park, Kan. Council Votes To Bring In Google Fiber New Fund Aims To Increase Digital Literacy In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/new-fund-aims-increase-digital-literacy-kansas-city <p>The <a href="http://www.gkccf.org/">Greater Kansas City Community Foundation</a>&nbsp;Wednesday afternoon announced it would manage a fund aimed at bridging the digital divide in Kansas City.</p><p>Recent studies of digital literacy in Kansas City have shown a quarter of our residents don’t have broadband at home. &nbsp;Seventeen percent don’t use the internet at all.</p><p>Wednesday’s announcement of the <strong>Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund</strong> is aimed at raising those percentages.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:40:18 +0000 Laura Ziegler 41966 at http://kcur.org New Fund Aims To Increase Digital Literacy In Kansas City Is Austin's Google Gain KC's Loss? http://kcur.org/post/austins-google-gain-kcs-loss <p>Google announced yesterday that it’s building a new high-speed fiber-optic network -- this time in Austin, Texas. It’s been two years since the company announced it would build its first fiber-optic network here in Kansas City, and many residents hoped it would be everywhere by now.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Planning for the network has Kansas </span>Citians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rethinking the future of many aspects of life and business here.</span></p><p></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Ground Zero for Google Fiber</strong></p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:40:00 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 34868 at http://kcur.org Is Austin's Google Gain KC's Loss? Austin Is Latest Testbed For Google's High-Speed Experiment http://kcur.org/post/austin-latest-testbed-googles-high-speed-experiment Google <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/google-fibers-next-stop-austin-texas.html">announced Tuesday</a> that its Google Fiber project would be hitting Austin, Texas, next. The company says Austin, famous for its South by Southwest festival, is a "mecca for creativity and entrepreneurialism, with thriving artistic and tech communities."<p>Google Fiber is the tech giant's blazing fast Internet service, with current rates at 1 Gpbs, about 100 times faster than your typical cable broadband Internet service. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:34:00 +0000 editor 34817 at http://kcur.org Austin Is Latest Testbed For Google's High-Speed Experiment Google Fiber & KC: A Complicated Pair http://kcur.org/post/google-fiber-kc-complicated-pair <p>What began as a lofty goal to <strong>increase access to high-speed Internet </strong>has become a reality with <strong>Google Fiber</strong>. However, <strong>questions about the methods</strong> behind implementing this service still remain. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Stephen Steigman 33847 at http://kcur.org Google Fiber & KC: A Complicated Pair Facing The Future Of Cities http://kcur.org/post/facing-future-cities <p>Technology can be <strong>a boon or a bust</strong> to cities, depending on <strong>how it's applied</strong>.</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 02:04:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff, Brian Ellison & Stephen Steigman 28453 at http://kcur.org Facing The Future Of Cities Launch KC Hopes To Attract IT Startups http://kcur.org/post/launch-kc-hopes-attract-it-startups <p>Part of the hype that’s come with Google fiber is how great the super-fast internet speed could be for IT businesses. But is Google fiber enough to attract the world’s high-tech entrepreneurs to Kansas City, especially when the technology will probably spread to other cities within the next few years? On September 10th, local business leaders and politicians proposed a plan called Launch KC to sweeten the pot for potential new IT companies.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 16:55:14 +0000 Alex Smith 24972 at http://kcur.org Launch KC Hopes To Attract IT Startups Google’s Fiberhood Rally Results Are In, Now What? http://kcur.org/post/google-s-fiberhood-rally-results-are-now-what <p>The deadline to pre-register for Google Fiber, what Google is calling their new super-fast internet service, came to a close September 9th.</p><p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:11:12 +0000 Suzanne Hogan & Maria Carter 24628 at http://kcur.org Google’s Fiberhood Rally Results Are In, Now What? Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/bridging-digital-divide-kansas-city <p>Studies from Google indicated that 42 percent of lower income areas in Kansas City didn’t have access to Internet. Google Fiber has plans to address that with super high-speed Internet service but there have been challenges to linking the information superhighway to poor communities. Being disconnected from the internet’s wide world of information leaves many urban residents, students and job seekers far behind their more affluent neighbors.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:32:26 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Suzanne Hogan 24396 at http://kcur.org Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City Kansas City Touted As 'The Place' For Startups http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-touted-place-startups <p>Kansas City’s civic and business leaders are mounting a push to spawn high-tech companies here. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:50:46 +0000 Frank Morris 24303 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Touted As 'The Place' For Startups Google Fiber Wraps Campaign, Extends Deadline http://kcur.org/post/google-fiber-wraps-campaign <p>Google wrapped up its six-week sign up campaign for Google Fiber on September 9, 2012. 180 out of a little more than 200 neighborhoods in Kansas City qualified for the service. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:28:22 +0000 Maria Carter 24263 at http://kcur.org Google Fiber Wraps Campaign, Extends Deadline Google Makes Final Push For Fiber http://kcur.org/post/google-makes-final-push-fiber <p>Kansas City leaders were thrilled when they beat out 11-hundred other cities for something called Google Fiber. Now residents are competing to bring the blazing fast internet service to their neighborhood first. The search-engine company is building an infrastructure to offer households internet speeds 100 times faster than they currently get and has also rolled out it’s own TV offering. But Google’s doing things differently than traditional internet providers.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:02:00 +0000 Maria Carter 24055 at http://kcur.org Google Makes Final Push For Fiber Breaking Down Google Fiber's Plans For Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/breaking-down-google-fibers-plans-kansas-city <p>1100 other cities wanted it – but we got it- Google Fiber. Since it was announced that ‘we got it’ about a year and a half ago, Kansas City has been eagerly waiting for details. What it is it? How much is it going to cost and how will the city get connected? And perhaps the more important looming question, how will Fiber change our city?</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 17:52:55 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 21869 at http://kcur.org Breaking Down Google Fiber's Plans For Kansas City Google Reveals Fiber Project Details In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/google-reveals-fiber-project-details-kansas-city <p>Update 11:51 a.m.: Thursday kicked off a Google Fiber six-week rally during which residents of Kansas City, Kan. and central Kansas City, Mo., can demonstrate their desire to bring the service to their neighborhoods, or &quot;<a href="http://fiber.google.com/cities/kck/#header=check" target="_blank">fiberhoods</a>,&quot; as Google has named them. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:32:29 +0000 Emilie Mutert 21673 at http://kcur.org Google Reveals Fiber Project Details In Kansas City Google Fiber: The Big Reveal On Thursday http://kcur.org/post/google-fiber-big-reveal-thursday <p>Google Fiber is scheduled to make a &quot;special announcement&quot; on Thursday, July 26, at 11 am CDT. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:18:05 +0000 Laura Spencer 21645 at http://kcur.org Google Fiber: The Big Reveal On Thursday Mayor Sly James On Kansas City Spotlight http://kcur.org/post/mayor-sly-james-kansas-city-spotlight <p>One down and one go to: baseball’s 2012 All-Star Game brought national attention to Kansas City, and this Thursday, Google Fiber will tell us how much it will cost to speed up our reputation. While residents have been riding the feel-good wave, Kansas City Missouri Mayor Sly James has been wrestling with the future of a downtown hotel and what should happen with Kemper Arena.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 01:18:50 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 21517 at http://kcur.org Mayor Sly James On Kansas City Spotlight 'Code For America' Makes Better Government Through Better Apps http://kcur.org/post/code-america-makes-better-government-through-better-apps <p>When asked for ways to improve local government, most people wouldn&#39;t say that better computer programming and smart phone applications should be the first item on the agenda.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman & Greta Wendelin 21234 at http://kcur.org 'Code For America' Makes Better Government Through Better Apps Google Fiber Announces 'Save The Date' http://kcur.org/post/google-fiber-announces-save-date <p>Google Fiber&#39;s website <a href="http://fiber.google.com/savethedate" target="_blank">revealed Wednesday</a> that the project will launch in Kansas City on July 26. The short message also says that there will be an announcement on the 26th, and interested parties can sign up <a href="http://fiber.google.com/savethedate" target="_blank">here</a> to receive it via email. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:33:15 +0000 Emilie Mutert 21225 at http://kcur.org Google Fiber Announces 'Save The Date' Free Wifi For Rosedale? http://kcur.org/post/free-wifi-rosedale <p>The founders of Connecting for Good hope to provide internet access to people who aren't connected at all, by tapping into Google's gigabit network.</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:24:05 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 20036 at http://kcur.org Free Wifi For Rosedale? Google Fiber Coming Soon...So What? http://kcur.org/post/google-fiber-coming-soonso-what <p>There&#39;s no question that we&#39;re going to get it, but then what do we <em>do</em> with it?&nbsp;The ultra-high-speed internet service, <strong><a href="http://www.google.com/fiber/kansascity/index.html">Google Fiber</a></strong>, is coming to Kansas City, but many questions remain as to what it will mean for the community.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 12:43:05 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske & Greta Wendelin 18862 at http://kcur.org Google Fiber Coming Soon...So What? New Google Fiber Hardware Possibly En Route To Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/new-google-fiber-hardware-possibly-en-route-kansas-city <p>An IP set-top box with a Google Fiber label was recently added to the FCC database, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/05/google-fiber-gfhd100-ip-set-top-box-fcc/" target="_blank">Engadget reports</a>. The label suggests the device is part of the Google Fiber project in development for Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo.</p><p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 13:52:15 +0000 Emilie Mutert 18837 at http://kcur.org New Google Fiber Hardware Possibly En Route To Kansas City Top Of The Morning News: Monday, January 30, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-monday-january-30-2012 <p>A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p><ul><li>High Speed Health Care</li><li>Lawmaker Seeks To End Death Penalty in Missouri</li></ul><p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:16:02 +0000 Maria Carter 11708 at http://kcur.org High Speed Health: What Google Fiber Could Mean For Health Care http://kcur.org/post/high-speed-health-what-google-fiber-could-mean-health-care <p>What if when you’re sick and need to see the doctor, you could just log on to your home computer for a virtual visit instead of going to the office? That idea and others were kicked around among area health leaders last week at a meeting about what Google’s soon-to-be-installed high speed internet, Google Fiber, could mean for the region’s health care sector.</p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:37:53 +0000 Elana Gordon 11706 at http://kcur.org High Speed Health: What Google Fiber Could Mean For Health Care Google Fiber: The New KC Infrastructure http://kcur.org/post/google-fiber-new-kc-infrastructure <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d16cf1bf76b-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d16cf1bf76b-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d16cf1bf76b-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-993888.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Missouri – When Google announced it would bring Google Fiber to Kansas City back in March, people were excited. And then the confusion set in. Recently, members of the community met to discuss just how the technology could impact Kansas City.</p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 16:28:53 +0000 Kayla Regan 8397 at http://kcur.org Google Fiber: The New KC Infrastructure Why Did Google Choose KCK? http://kcur.org/post/why-did-google-choose-kck <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d14e65dd49d-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d14e65dd49d-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d14e65dd49d-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-961295.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Ks. – One mayor threw himself into Lake Superior. One city changed its name to Google for a month. But all to no avail. Google has announced its first coveted high-speed fiber-optic network will be built in a city that didn't do any flashy publicity stunts, but beat out 11 hundred competitors. But what does this high-tech marriage mean for Google, and for KCK?</p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 16:27:20 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 7711 at http://kcur.org Why Did Google Choose KCK?