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.
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.
Long before Google Fiber arrived in 2011, Kansas City has had a thriving technology sector, with cutting-edge companies like Cerner, Garmin and Sprint (whose roots go back to 1899 in Abilene, Kan.). Many of these companies have spawned other technology startups, which you can see on this impressive KC tech genealogy map.
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.
Planning for the network has Kansas Citians rethinking the future of many aspects of life and business here.
KC Currents host Susan Wilson talking to Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Deputy Executive Director of the Kansas City Public Library, Michael Liimatta , co-founder of Connecting for Good and Donovan Mouton, local real estate developer.
Kansas City leaders were thrilled when they beat out 11,000 other cities for something called Google Fiber. Now residents are competing to bring the blazing fast internet service to their neighborhood first.
Updated June 27, 2012 12:00pm: Google has rejected Connecting for Good's wifi plan for Rosedale, according to Michael Liimatta. He was told the idea is "not in their current licensing agreements." Liimatta says he's still moving forward with the plan for an e-community center.
Google has promised Kansas City speed-of-light internet. The potential for residents, businesses, schools and hospitals, we've been told, is enormous.