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Google Says Kansas City is Fiber-Ready, Promises 100x Internet Speeds

by Brandon Russell | February 7, 2012February 7, 2012 8:00 am PDT

Google FiberGoogle announced on Monday the search giant has taken another step forward in preparation for its Google Fiber initiative. Stretching “thousands of miles of cables” across the planes of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, the project is part of a new infrastructure that promises to bring users Internet data speeds of more than 100 times faster than what’s available today. “To put this all in context, Google Fiber will deliver 1 gigabit Internet speeds.”

Started last summer, Google engineers have been consulting and surveying the geography around the Kansas City areas for “detail engineering,” which helped the company gather information for the Google Fiber network.

“Each cable contains many thin glass fibers, each about the width of a human hair. We’ll be taking these cables and weaving them into a fiber backbone.”

No details were shared regarding a roll out, but Google said that after a solid fiber backbone is in place along with a stable infrastructure, Google Fiber will be switched on for homes across Kansas City.

Unfamiliar with fiber? Well, connections that we use today – like cable and DSL – use electric signals over metal wires. “Google Fiber will transmit light over a fiber-optic cable to send and receive information. Far more information can be sent across fiber than any metal wires.”

Basically, your stuttering Netflix stream will never be a problem again. Now if we could only get this going in the rest of the U.S.

[via Google]


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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