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.