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Google finally starts building Kansas City internet service

It’s been nearly a year since Google first announced that Kansas City, Kansas would be the city that the company picked for its experimental 1Gbps internet service. Now Google has finally begun to start building it. A post on the Google Fiber blog site today announced that the company has begun the process of laying out the fiber cable for the internet service for Kansas City, Kansas as well as the neighboring and larger Kansas City, Missouri.

The blog post stated:

As we build out Google Fiber, we’ll be taking thousands of miles of cables and stretching them across Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Each cable contains many thin glass fibers, each about the width of a human hair. We’ll be taking these cables and weaving them into a fiber backbone—a completely new high speed infrastructure that will ultimately be carrying Kansas Citians’ data at speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today.

At first, we’ll focus on building this solid fiber backbone. Then, as soon as we have an infrastructure that is up and running, we’ll be able to connect Google Fiber into homes across Kansas City!

The project has experienced some delays since it was first revealed in March 2011. Google originally announced it would begin to sign up customers by the end of 2011 and launch the service in early 2012. There’s still no exact word from Google on when the 1Gbps internet service will launch or how much it will cost for its subscribers.

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