Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

Google Fiber goes to … Kansas City

After lots of campaigning and months of waiting, Google has announced the first city to get its ultra-high-speed Google Fiber internet service. As hard as we tried, it wasn’t Fresno. Kansas City, population 145,000, got the nod from Google.

Wrote Google, on its blog:

In selecting a city, our goal was to find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations. We’ve found this in Kansas City. We’ll be working closely with local organizations including the Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop the gigabit applications of the future.

Here’s the video announcement:

Are you kinda bummed about this, Fresnans? Or did we all kinda forget about it already? It’s been a year — and that Walmart competition came around to occupy us.

I know who it really must suck for it — Topeka. You’ll remember that Kansas city famously changed its name to Google, hoping to get in Google’s good graces. Then to see a neighboring city get it? It would like if Fresno didn’t get it and Bakersfield did. To boot Kansas City’s “Bring Google Fiber” Facebook page only had 87 people compared to Topeka’s 17,000. (Fresno has more than 11,000).

Speaking of Fresno: It’s worth saying again that our community did a great job rallying behind this. It was the first city-wide online campaign that Fresno really got behind in a big way and, anecdotally at least, it’s helped to unite Fresno’s web community in the ensuing months. So job well done, Fresnans.

Responses to "Google Fiber goes to … Kansas City"

Bryan Harley says:

Sucks to lose, of course, but definitely still a win for our burgeoning web community!

Zara says:

Great. Yet another thing for those dreaded Kansas Jayhawks to brag about.


Well, I’m proud of how our community came together to try and lure Google to town. Next time!

Nick says:

I asked this on Twitter, but I figured I would ask it here.

Anyone know if there is a local Fresno ISP that provides fiber to the home similar to Greenlight in NC?

10Mbps for reasonable prices and local.

Sucks that we lost. Hopefully they can learn how to implement this and expand to other communities.

brodiemash says:

First Wal-Mart, now Google. WHY HAVE YOU REJECTED FRESNO, CORPORATE AMERICA!? My bad, didn’t realize I had caps lock on there…

Stephen says:

Our new business at Granite Park (Physiomotion Physical Therapy) begged begged BEGGED AT&T to put down fiber-optics lines for the U-Verse while the construction was going on.

The AT&T guy met with the construction folks, drew up schematics for the pipes, the whole deal, BUT they couldn’t draw internet from anywhere close. They would have had to dig up a nearby street and go about 300 yards for the nearest internet, and AT&T wouldn’t pay for it, and the City wouldn’t pay for it, and none of the Granite Park businesses (the actual ones who are good and are staying there, like Victory Grill) didn’t have nearly that kind of money.

So not many in Fresno have U-Verse, and not many would have had Google Fiber either…unless we were willing to dig up the city to put in the proper pipes (not the same as cable pipes…smaller, but without sharp turns – can’t have couplers and splitters with fiber lines).


We lose.

w.r. square says:

i’m interested to see how kansas city, missouri will benefit from this too.
from the surface it looks like it’s going to aid a smallish city grow efficiently & rapidly but it’s located in a metro area of over 2 million.
i wonder what google’s ulterior motives are.

JJJ says:

Stephen, Verizon has been able to put their FIOS high speed fiber cables all over the country, even in areas built up 100 years ago. So I dont see why it’s so hard here. They did my dad’s home in Massachusetts, and did absolutely no digging.

Of course, what blows my mind is that half of fresno/clovis was built in the past 10 years….and yet apparently none of it was wired for fiber optics.

Good call city governments. Always on top of things.

At least our electric and phone cables are underground.