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CONTACT: City Communications 816-513-1349

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 17, 2010

City encouraged by latest Google Fiber announcement

The City of Kansas City, Mo. is still in the running to become a test location for Google’s new fiber network experiment, which Google hopes will provide a high-speed broadband 100 times faster than what most people currently use.

Kansas City was one of 1,100 communities to apply last February to be a test location for this new innovation. Google said on Dec. 15 that while the fiber network development is progressing, the company is not ready to choose test locations.

“We are encouraged by Google’s announcement and confident that Kansas City’s proposal will be viewed positively by Google,” said 5th District Councilwoman at large Cindy Circo. “The Google KC Coalition demonstrates Kansas City as technologically-advanced and well-equipped to productively use this new network to provide maximum benefits for our community.”

The City’s proposal to Google envisions optimizing Google’s fiber network to provide opportunities for connectivity and efficiency to City residents in conjunction with innovative projects and funding opportunities, such as the Green Impact Zone and the Kansas City Power & Light’s SmartGrid demonstration project.

For more information about the GoogleKC Coalition, please visit www.kcmo.org/googlekc.

For media inquiries, please contact Gina Boucher, aide to Councilwoman Cindy Circo, at 816-513-1633.

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