High Wire Hiccup Hinders High Speed Google Network

Remember all the talk about how Google was going to give free high speed Internet to Kansas City, ahem, Kansas City, Kansas that is? Well, that goal hasn’t changed (in fact it has expanded to include Kansas City, MO as well) but apparently there is more to the logistics of the plan than originally met the eye. You had to think that this was too good to be true when you first heard it and now we find out that maybe it is.

The Kansas City Star reports

When Google Inc. announced last spring that Kansas City, Kan., had landed the tech company’s much-pursued super-speed Internet project, the company gushed about the local utility poles.

They were flush with space nicely suited for hanging Google’s cables.

Now it turns out that differences over where and how to hang wires on those poles, and what fees or installation costs may be required, have created a troublesome bump in plans to launch the project at “Google speed.”

Well, it was just under a year ago when Google released this love letter video talking about how wonderful this would all be. Remember this?

Now you have the mayor Kansas City, KS saying that there are no delays in the project despite Google saying that the first customers would be signed up late in 2011 and service would be delivered in early 2012. Three words on that one “Ain’t gonna happen”. Overall, it seems like there are more questions than answers according to the Star

It still hasn’t, in fact, announced how much it will charge customers. It has not begun installing the fiber optic network needed for its service. And its prediction of beginning service has slipped to the first half of this year. Just how many months have been lost is difficult to sort out, especially with both the Unified Government and Google refusing to say.

In the end I suspect this will all be worked out and everyone will shake hands for a photo op at a local school when the first underprivileged youngster gets ridiculously high speeds for Internet connectivity. Until that day though, it looks like there may need to be quite a high wire act to see that this grand idea comes to fruition.