Thursday, March 31, 2011

Google to NE: No Google broadband for you!

Boston won't be getting the Next Big Google Thing, super-fast broadband. Kansas City, Kansas is the search engine giant's pick to deploy the new service. Boston's high-tech savvy wasn't enough apparently.

Bill Oates, the chief information officer for Boston, said last year that Boston would be a strong contender because of the variety of types of use it could offer - from large-scale government housing projects to wealthy townhouses to very tech-savvy businesses. “We think we provide a really good mix for what Google wants,” Oates said at the time.

Google said in its blog that it would be able to begin offering the 1 gigabit-per-second broadband to Kansas City sometime in 2012. By comparison, the average broadband speed in 2009 in United States was 4.8 megabits per second. No details were released on pricing plans or how much of Kansas City would be covered.
That's a big upgrade. Good luck to Kansas City, Kansas. With all that speed they probably won't even see us in the rear view mirror!

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