Kansas City residents are getting a second change to sign up for Google Fiber, says Google. The efforts to slowly build out a nationwide, high-speed network where Google acts as an Internet Service provider first began in Kansas City, Mo. around two years ago, before arriving in other markets, like Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah, for example.
Two weeks ago, things didn’t look so great for Google Fiber, but after a last-minute push, 180 out of the 202 ‘fiberhoods’ in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri managed to reach Google’s goals for getting the company’s TV service and gigabit fiber-optic Internet connection installed in their neighborhoods.
To get Google Fiber installed, every neighborhood h
Brad Feld, the Boulder, Colorado-based entrepreneur and early stage investor, is well known for helping to encourage new tech and entrepreneurial ecosystems in areas outside of the well-trodden Silicon Valley region.
The most recent place on which he’s set his sights? Kansas City.
With the launch of a new fiber network in Kansas City today, Google also announced the availability of Fiber TV. Google thinks it is an entirely new way to experience TV, promising users, “You don’t have to settle for old-time television anymore.” In reality, it sounds like a supercharged version (in a good way) of the venerable cable box.
If you live in Provo, Utah: Congratulations, you just joined the fairly exclusive club of geeks who don’t have to whine about Google Fiber not coming to your city.
Google, along with Mayor John Curtis, have just announced that Provo will be the third city to hop on Google’s crazy-fast fiber-optic network.
Google Fiber is the company’s effort to slowly-but-surely build a nationwid