News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2011
Kansas City, Mo., selected for Google Fiber for Communities
The City of Kansas City, Mo., is proud to announce that it has been selected to collaborate with Google on the deployment of Google’s one-gigabit-per-second, ultra-high speed, fiber-to-the-home broadband network. As the second city to be selected for this initiative, Kansas City, Mo., joins its sister city, Kansas City, Kan., in a regional partnership that will help to ensure our communities’ shared success.
The City looks forward to its new relationship with Google and expresses great appreciation for Kansas City Power & Light, the first investor-owned utility in the world to take on this kind of effort, without whom today’s announcement would not have been possible.
“Today is a great day for the people of Kansas City. First and foremost my thanks to Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo, whose tireless efforts lead to this moment. As a City we should be proud to once again push the frontier forward and once again be the launching point for trails yet untraveled. Together with our sister city in Kansas, we will lead the way into a new age of ultra high speed connectivity. Our region’s future relies on recruiting the smartest and most innovative people. As a result of this announcement, we have become the most attractive city on the planet to entrepreneurs. This is a huge win for the entire region today, but an even larger win for us for our shared future,” said Mayor Sly James.
Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo led the City’s effort, which was the result of a coalition of Kansas Citians with the ability to not only see the initiative’s potential, but express their vision for its use.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates what is possible when we come together as a community and work toward a shared vision,” said Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo. “While the Kansas Citians involved in making this a reality should be commended for their efforts, I believe they represent the depth of the talented individuals that call Kansas City home.”
In March 2010, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, hit “send response” on the Google Fiber for Communities website to submit its application. This mouse click was the culmination of an intense effort by a coalition of Kansas Citians. Referring to themselves as GoogleKC, the coalition focused on the positive aspects of the Kansas City community as a test bed for Google’s proposed one-gigabit-per-second, ultra-high speed, fiber-to-the-home broadband network.
Meeting at OfficePort in the heart of the City’s creative Crossroads neighborhood, the GoogleKC coalition includes representatives of the City of Kansas City, Mo.; Kansas City Power & Light; Kansas City Area Development Council; KCnext; Kauffman Foundation; Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Mo.; Kansas City Missouri School District; Brush Creek Partners; The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; The Black Economic Union; Mid-America Regional Council; and a diverse and inclusive group of local business and community leaders.
In early 2011, it became apparent that the GoogleKC coalition effort had captured the attention of Google when City received a phone call from Google that triggered a series of meetings and negotiations that resulted in today’s announcement.
The City of Kansas City, Mo., views today’s announcement as the beginning of what promises to be an incredible opportunity for its residents. It looks forward to the deployment of the network and collaborating with partners and residents on the implementation of new programs and benefits brought about by this incredible opportunity.
For more information about the Google Fiber for Communities initiative in Kansas City, please visit www.google.com/fiber/kansascity.
Media inquiries about today’s announcement should be directed to Dan Martin, Google Global Communications & Public Affairs, 202-346-1267, or Rick Usher, City Manager’s Office, Kansas City, Mo., 816-513-6559.