Google’s Fiber Broadband Network Goes To Kansas City

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — It was not for a lack of effort. Duluth officials spent countless hours and thousands of dollars trying to lure Google’s high-speed fiber broadband network to the northeastern Minnesota city.

Google representatives recently visited Duluth, among hundreds of communities under consideration for the network. The city even produced a movie to try to attract Google. But, the company says it’s going with Kansas City. The company blogged Wednesday that it had signed a development agreement with Kansas City.

Google public affairs representative Dan Martin hinted to the Duluth News Tribune that the city may have another opportunity. Martin says Google is looking at ways to bring ultra-high speeds to other cities across the country.

Twin Ports Google Fiber Team member Joe Reasbeck says it may not be over.

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  • Joey

    Duluth wants it and Google wants to bring it to cities. What’s the problem?

  • Troy Curfman

    I agree, faster internet, but wondering what the cost is also.

  • Sheifa

    fibre doesn’t mean faster. it means more bandwidth (wider hiway, more cars/users) and longer distance without signal enhancement.

  • Chris K

    Sorry my previous post was mis-typed. FTTN (Fiber to the node) could allow communications companies to deploy VDSL2 which could acheive speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s; FTTH (Fiber to the home or premise) can easily achieve 1 Gbit/s using GPON technology. Try getting 1 Gbit/s over copper or Coaxil!

  • EGH

    With the geological underpinnings of Duluth and the cold weather (Fiber cables and connectors are affected more than Cu by environmental temperatures and probably a lot of plant would be above ground) I can see why Google launched in KC, plus it’s a pretty good place for a hub too 10G anyone?

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