Google's 1 Gbps Internet service in Kansas City delayed

In March 2011, Google announced that Kansas City, Kansas would be the lucky city to receive a 1 Gpbs fiber based Internet network. In May, Google revealed that service would be expanded to the neighboring city of Kansas City, Missouri. The service was supposed to be operational by early 2012. Now it appears that citizens of both cities will have to wait much longer to get those faster Internet pipes.

The Kansas City Star web site reports that part of the reason might be due to a dispute over where and how to hang Google's Internet fiber optic wires on local utility poles. There's also the issue of what the costs will be for the installation of those wires on the poles.

However, a spokesperson for the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities said, "Within the next week or two we ought to be able to hammer out the final details. We’re moving forward."

Google has not commented publicly on any delays in its Kansas City Internet service project. Originally the company said that customers would be able to start signing up to use the service by the end of 2011 with the actual launch of the 1 Gbps service starting in the first quarter of 2012. However, there have been no such announcements for any sign ups to use the service and Google has yet to start installing any fiber optic wire. The company has also not yet revealed how much it intends to charge Kansas City customers to use the service.


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/01/17/3376648/dispute-over-how-wires-are-hung.html#storylink=cpy
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Hey Google, welcome to the world of telecom, it's like this for everyone... power companies and towns have more rules can you can decypher

neufuse said,
Hey Google, welcome to the world of telecom, it's like this for everyone... power companies and towns have more rules can you can decypher
Gonna get on Googling those rules to help me decypher them.

sava700 said,
Its reasons like this the US has such poor broadband speeds for the prices you pay.

It has much more to do with the fact that in the united states we aren't packed like cattle in a train car in on the majority of our land. You actually have to string miles of cable to service the population.

Outside of that, we pioneered much of the highspeed tech and companies are trying to balance getting proper ROI on old (very expensive) equipment and upgrading regularly which is also very expensive considering new tech is rolled out quite often.

sava700 said,
Its reasons like this the US has such poor broadband speeds for the prices you pay.

I should also mention, our speeds and prices are quite good around here for what has to happen to service our populations. Now, if we could get rid of government created monopolies with corporation commissions regulating what company can service which area... that would be quite helpful.

MrHumpty said,

It has much more to do with the fact that in the united states we aren't packed like cattle in a train car in on the majority of our land. You actually have to string miles of cable to service the population.

so what's your excuse for manhattan not having better bradband offerings?

This is why Apple will have nothing to do with owning a carrier. They like being agile and clean in everything they do, leave the government hassles to other people.

Typical American "greed is good" attitude. Its why their country caused the GFC. Local utilities and councils see the word "google" and think - we can make a load of money for nothing here.

dvb2000 said,
Typical American "greed is good" attitude. Its why their country caused the GFC. Local utilities and councils see the word "google" and think - we can make a load of money for nothing here.

It actually comes more down to City building codes and development charters....

Although they should bury the majority of the cable if possible, it's only going to take one good storm to take it offline in that area.

Basically, Google is really good at three things:

1. Search
2. Selling advertisements
3. Buying Android

Whenever they step beyond those limits, it's at their own peril.

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