In the year 1939, the movie industry released several movies that, over the years, have become classics. Movies such as Stagecoach, Gone With The Wind, Of Mice And Men, Beau Geste, and the Wizard Of Oz. The film the Wizard of Oz featured a young girl named Dorothy who, along with her dog Toto, are whisked away in a tornado from their home in Kansas and dropped into the land of Oz. The movie put Kansas in the limelight, but now the state has another distinction for which many have applied.
When Google had announced that it would select a city in the US to install and test a new high-speed broadband system, over 1,100 cities applied. If I recall, one city in Kansas [Topeka] changed its name to Google in an attempt to gain attention to itself when it applied. But in the end it was Kansas City, Kansas that won the contest and has been selected by Google as its new test bed for what Google says will be broadband at speeds that are 100 times faster than what most Americans have.
So how is Google going to be able to meet these types of speed? The company states that it will be using ultra high-speed fiber optic connections. Google also states that the increase in speeds will allow streaming of HD video, video conferencing, and other new innovations to the people of Kansas City.
It should be interesting to see how this project impacts the city — not only the people, but also the businesses. The project is expected to be completed sometime in 2012.