The Other Kansas City Chosen From 1,100 Towns for Google’s Ultra High Speed Broadband Project
Google announced over a year ago that it was looking to bring ultra high speed broadband Internet connectivity to the world but they were going to start with one town first. The original blog post suggested that this town would be rural but according to the announcement yesterday that rural town happens to also conveniently be adjacent to and share the name of an NFL city, as Kansas City, KS won the great fiber race. Gee, I wonder why they might have done this (confusion over the name, more press etc. etc). Sneaky but effective.
Here is a video from Google’s blog explaining why they chose the Midwestern city over the rest.
It will be interesting to watch this experiment unfold over the next year or so with the focus being on the real story from the city’s residents and not the spin from Google.
We’ll keep an eye on it and we’ll see just how many people think Google is making this grand gesture for Kansas City, MO (the big city that everyone knows). I have to admit that it’s a pretty sly move although I suspect that Google would never admit that this name game had anything to do with their choice.