Will Google’s Insanely-Fast Kansas City Network Shame U.S. ISPs? |
Google's highly-anticipated plan to build an ultra-fast city broadband network kicked into gear Monday with the search giant's announcement that it will begin laying miles of fiber-optic cable across Kansas City, Kansas and neighboring Kansas City, Missouri. Google said it aims to create a new "high speed infrastructure" that will allow local citizens to enjoy data speeds 100 times the national average. Google's goal? To show off its telecom engineering chops and showcase next-generation web-applications. Oh, and maybe shame the big national broadband providers into improving U.S. Internet service speed, which currently lags behind many other countries around the world.