Google Fiber: Ultra High Speed Broadband coming to Kansas City, KS

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I am Cynthia Lane, superintendent of the Kansas
City, Kansas public schools.

I am thrilled to welcome you to this beautiful auditorium
in historic Wyandotte High School.

And I am also excited to welcome the world audience,
who is watching us right now on the web.

I am very proud to be superintendent of a school
district who cares deeply about its children.
I have the privilege, every day, of working with more than
3,500 dedicated staff in service to 20,000 students.
Today, as every day, we are working hard to move our
district to be one of the best districts in the nation.

You are about to hear of an exciting opportunity, one of a
kind, that will help propel the district to great success,
and will impact every child and every
citizen of our community.
I am thrilled to be part of this today, and thank you for
coming, and would like to introduce to you the chief
financial officer for Google, Mr. Patrick Pichette.
I'm so sorry.

My mic is working?
Always testing.
Good morning everybody.
My name is Patrick Pichette.
My day job, chief financial officer for Google.
I also have a little side job, which--
at the executive committee, they gave me this crazy
project a few years ago, which was to lead a ultra high-speed
internet access project.
And I'm also the representative for the
executive committee on that project.
First and foremost, I'd like to thank Mayor Reardon,
Governor Brownback for joining us today.
I want to make a special thanks for
superintendent Lane.
And we have principal Thompson in the audience,
or somewhere, and--
thanking them for allowing us to host this event today here.
Today is a really, really exciting day.
It's exciting because, in good Google fashion, what we're
announcing is the launch of
something completely different.
What is it?
Well, last year we announced a project where we wanted to
wire up a community to show the world that it is possible
to give ultra high-speed access, 100 times more than is
available on average in some community in the US.
Well, I can tell you, the feedback was absolutely
Over 1,100 cities showed up, raised their hand, and said,
I'm ready for this.
And over 200,000 citizens and community groups also showed
up and said, I'm ready for this.
The so what of all this is, clearly, America has voted.
They want higher speed, faster speed.
They want the next generation web today.

Now we're in Kansas today.

So guess what brings me here.
After an incredible, careful evaluation, Kansas is our
first city.

I'm bringing here the spirit of the web, the spirit of
Speed matters.
Speed matters immensely.
We were having a conversation back stage just before.
If you're on the net, if you have high speed, slow speed,
if you have access to the internet,
speed is like oxygen.
Oxygen, you take for granted until you don't have it.
And once you don't have it, it's everything.
And you know it when you live on the web.
Now, 20 years ago, the net was invented.
And by the way, it was invented here in America.
And amazingly, 20 years later, America is now behind many
countries in terms of accessibility and access to
high speed.
And that's why this project is so crucial.
We're going to actually experiment to make sure that
we find solutions to make it accessible for everybody.
And not only that, but if you think about it, in about 1995,
15 years ago, roughly, everybody was
living on 56 kilobits.
The students here won't remember that,
but the parents will.
And it was awful.
And then somebody invented a five meg and a one meg modem.
And then at the time, people were saying, what are you
going to do with five megs?
You'll never use it.
You'll all remember this, right?
Today, if you have five, you feel constrained.
And yet, in five megs, you have video conferencing.
You have download and you can watch Youtube.
You can do so many things.
You can think of the search that you live today at Google.
You just type and you get instant results, blazingly
fast again.
That's only with a few megs.
Think what you're going to do what a gigabyte.
1,000 megabytes.
And that's the project that we're undertaking here today.
What we want to do is--
it presents massive opportunities for the
community, but also for innovation.
So some of the things that will be enabled,
we don't know yet.
But what about a great way to start, right here, today.
So to give you more details about this, let me introduce
you, a legend in the technological world, but also
the leader of this initiative for us at Google, Milo Medin.

MILO MEDIN: I'm still alive.

Thank you, Patrick.
I mentioned to him that I hate being called a legend because
I'm still alive.

I like to think my greatest work is yet to come.

We are really excited to be here today in
Kansas City, Kansas.
Patrick talked about all the communities who raised their
hand and said, come to our community.
Come deliver a different kind of internet.
An internet that is way faster than anything you can get.
Come to our community.
So why did we come to Kansas City?
Why did we pick Kansas City to be the first
of the set of bills?
Well, we had three things in mind.
One, we wanted to find a location where we could build
quickly and efficiently.
Kansas City has great infrastructure.
And Kansas has a great, business-friendly environment
for us to deploy a service.
The utility here has all kinds of conduit in it that avoids
us having to tear the streets open, and a bunch of other
things that really differentiates it from many
other places in the country.
Second, we want to build where we can make a real impact on
the community.
We believe gigabyte broadband can be leveraged for economic
development and educational gain, both of which are vital
in the global economy that we live in today.
And third, we want to be able to develop strong
relationships and partnerships with local government and
community, so that we can work together to use technology in
a new way to make a city a better place to live in.
A better place to work in.
A better place to learn it.
And we found all of this, here, in Kansas City, Kansas.

Mayor Reardon and the city leadership here and the
utility have moved with efficiency, creativity, and
really operated at Google speed in order to help craft a
real partnership.
Moving at Google speed is not usually possible for the
average city.
But then everybody in this room knows that Kansas City,
Kansas is not the average city.

And all that is why Kansas City, Kansas will be the first
market that we will deploy this ultra high-speed service,
1,000 megabits.
A service that will be to the broadband of today what
broadband, 15 years ago, when we first rolled
it out, was to dial-up.
That is what we are going to bring to Kansas City, Kansas.

The entire country is going to be watching what happens here.
And we hope to bring this same service to other nearby
cities, and other markets, too.
To the other cities that applied and were not selected
for our first build, I want to say that this is really the
beginning and not the end.
But we are starting here in Kansas City, Kansas.
Kansas City has made it clear that they want to be a model
to show the world how a community can benefit from
gigabit speed connectivity.
It's a real honor for us at Google to come here.
You all have been so kind in welcoming us, in making us
feel like we're part of your community.
And we will work hard to deliver a service that will
delight you and empower you to lead the
nation forward in broadband.
The key to that future will be working with leaders here in
the community.
And so we've put together a short video to highlight some
of these partners.
So let's go ahead and roll the video.
-Data speed is like oxygen.
Oxygen, you take for granted until it disappears.
And then it becomes like everything, right?
Data is the same thing, right?
Everything running fine is fine.
And then when you don't have data, when you
buffer, you go what?
I don't know if you can say sucky on camera.
But anyway.
Like, very sucky.
-Lack of bandwidth, the idea that there's not enough access
today, I think, is evidenced in all kinds of places.
-I have all kinds of personal experiences where the
internet, and the speed of the internet's been incredibly
-The average high schooler has text 1,200 times-- from the
time they get out of bed to when they hit school at 7:30
in the morning.
And so their world is fast, fast, fast. But when they get
to the school, we slow way down.
-Processor speed.
Power consumption.
Networking that we deploy within a data center.
It has gotten just incredibly faster, by an order of
magnitude, every few years.
-The communications network is the thing that's falling
behind in the speed of innovation.
What we're trying to do with this effort is to take people
from the megabyte web to the gigabyte web.
-Today, everybody's used to 3, 4, 5, 6, 10,
20 megabytes, right?
So a gigabyte is like 1,000 times bigger.
-One of our goals is to actually deliver that kind of
connectivity to ordinary people.
-THat's why we're rolling out communities, starting with
Kansas City, that are going to give one gigabyte of access to
every home.
-It is going to probably be the most buzzed event in the
history of Kansas City on the day it is announced.
And that is pretty awesome.
That's pretty amazing.
-And Kansas City, Kansas, we were absolutely blown away by
the leadership.
The mayor.
The city staff.
The utility as well.
-Next step, infrastructure.
-Nerd out the stadium.
And you weren't constantly reminded that your physician
really is hundreds of miles away.
-Parent conferences don't have to be just in the school house
-I don't know if Google fiber has actually gotten to the
point where you can send smells over fiber, but I think
it's something y'all should start thinking about.
Because that would certainly sell more barbecue.
-When we make a commitment to that new idea or initiative,
we don't know where it may lead, but we know potential's
there for it to go to great places.
-I think what it is, is like a huge bet on human creativity.
You just know something special is going to come out
of it.
-Think of education.
Think of entertainment.
Think of e-commerce.
Think of attracting developers.
And not only that, but it just drives the economy around you.
So for Kansas City, it's fantastic.
-It is a privilege for us to deploy this high speed network
together with the hard working people of Kansas City.

MILO MEDIN: Thank you.
Now I'd like to introduce Mayor Joe Reardon.
Mayor Reardon's leadership has been essential in bringing
this project to Kansas City.
Thanks, mayor.
Thank you very much.
This was a great no, a great-- thanks.

I think it's impossible to follow that video.
There's no doubt about it.
I want to thank all of you for being here today.
Patrick, I have to say, when you were talking--
I have to tell a quick story.
Last night, my eleven-year-old son Jack--
I brought him in the room, and he said, well,
what's going on?
And I told him about our announcement today.
And I said, you can't tell anyone till noon
what's going on.
But he hugged me.
He's a PS3 gamer.
And he said, you mean it's not going to
freeze up on me anymore?
He said, dad you've got to get that done tomorrow.
I said, well, the commission's going to be voting too.
And he said, well, let's call them up and make sure that
they all get to the meeting.
So we're on the right path.
It's going to be kids like Jack that really realize the
full potential of what we're talking about and going to do,
going forward.
March 30th, 2011 is a momentous day for Kansas City,
Kansas, and our entire region.
We are entering into a transformative partnership
that will allow Kansas City, Kansas to deploy a next
generation fiber optic system throughout our community, one
that will benefit both our residents and our businesses.
We in the Midwest understand the importance of
infrastructure in building cities.
Our region has benefited greatly from the rail
infrastructure that was laid here, and the westward
expansion that forever insured our destiny as a crossroads, a
region tied to access and connectivity.
The infrastructure of tomorrow is likewise tied to access and
Technology leads to opportunity in new frontiers.
And in this age, it's essential that we build a
robust connection to information and ideas on the
world wide web.
So that our connections today can span the globe, while at
the same time benefiting us locally.
So today, we are proud to announce our partnership with
Google to create those robust connections with a one gig
fiber backbone, straight through to
businesses and homes.
An exciting partnership that will help Kansas City, Kansas
realize the full potential of the new economy in a world
that is becoming more connected every day.
The selection of Kansas City, Kansas as the site for Google
Fiber speaks to our community's commitment to be
And it's the latest example of what we can accomplish when we
work together.
Google Fiber joins a long list of important milestones and
accomplishments in our community including the
development of Kansas Speedway, Village West, the
Hollywood Casino, the new LIVESTRONG sporting park, and
our growing partnership with Cerner Corporation.
As a result, we are achieving national rankings in job
growth during this challenging economy.
The wonderful diversity of our community, neighborhoods, and
industry make Kansas City, Kansas a microcosm for the
rest of the country.
When you combine those assets with our well-established
track record of development partnerships, we feel Kansas
City, Kansas is the perfect location for Google to launch
its fiber project.
This successful initiative is the result of strong
partnerships with our public utility, our business
community, and our school districts.
I'm excited today to announce that in partnership with
Google, our students will benefit from this new
opportunity, as free high speed access will be provided
at schools throughout the city, allowing our students to
use this ultra high-speed network to fully realize their
potential in a global economy.
Our government, too, will benefit by receiving free
broadband access at key facilities, allowing us to
strengthen public safety and services to our citizens.
In addition, the deployment of high speed broadband internet
access into our neighborhoods will, undoubtedly, further
advance the academic vision and goals of our local
schools, universities, and learning consortiums.
While Google Fiber may be launching in Kansas City,
Kansas, I know for an opportunity like this to truly
be successful, it must expand beyond a single community.
It is my hope that cities throughout our region will
become part of this initiative.
It is this regional focus and opportunity that will provide
lasting benefit to all of our citizens, as we
compete around the globe.
Today's announcement will further our regional growth
efforts in life sciences, technology, manufacturing, and
Finally, I want to thank all those that have worked so hard
to make this project a reality.
It's been a long process, but one that will lead to
significant benefit.
This truly was a team effort, and we worked seamlessly with
the board of public utility staff to make it successful.
Our negotiating team has been fantastic, and I appreciate
all of their dedication to this project.
To the Google team, thank you for your partnership.
Milo, Kevin, Chris, and Joe, and everyone on the Google
team, we have developed a strong relationship that I
know will carry us to success as we deploy this new
technology right here, in Kansas City, Kansas.

It's time to go to work.
We now begin a community dialogue about the details of
this project and its benefits to our citizens.
We will be working in partnership with Google to
implement this technology.
I'm proud that Kansas City, Kansas will be part of this
effort to bring next generation high speed
broadband to cities throughout the United States.
Thank you all very much.

MILO MEDIN: Thank you Mayor Reardon.
Now I'd like to introduce Governor Sam Brownback.

It's great to see you again.
JOE REARDON: Wouldn't miss it.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you very much.

I heard Milo ask the question why Kansas City?
He was asking that and I was thinking right to myself,
because everything's up to date in Kansas City.
That's why we do it here, and it is here.
Dr. Lane, great job here hosting.
Peter, welcome to Kansas.
Mayor Reardon, always does a great job.
As governor of this state, I'm declaring today
Google Day in Kansas.
This is a big one.

I want to congratulate the Kansas City, Kansas community
on its selection as the first, first Google Fiber community.
It's a wonderful economic growth opportunity.
It's a wonderful opportunity for this
community and for the state.
Expanding access to broadband is one of our goals of our
administration, but it's one of the goals of America to
create a situation, create an environment, where creativity
and productivity can grow.
And backstage, we were just talking ahead of time about,
well, what does this mean?
And everybody looks around--
I am not exactly sure.
But I can imagine things.
Cindy Cash talks about bringing
smells over the internet.
I don't know about that one.
We can try.
But I would look in at Roy Jensen out here with the
Cancer Center at KU.
And thinking what you can do about bringing fiber to the
home, and then being able to bring that health care service
right there, in real time, for a person that may be in a
difficult situation, but now doesn't have to go to the
hospital to be monitored.
They can stay at home.
Wouldn't that be a wonderful thing to be able to do?
And wouldn't that drive health care cost down?
Or what about real time, high definition video conferencing?
So everybody has to clean up to video conference.
But you could do that with it.
What are the other possibilities that are there?
And the idea that I see here more than anything is, you put
a brand new tool out there, and you say,
come play with it.
Come figure out what it is that we can do on the next
wave of generation of ideas, of economic growth
opportunities, of health care opportunities, of educational
opportunities, and you lay it out there.
And you just say, come and get it.
Go figure it out.
And that sort of entrepreneurial atmosphere
really fits us.
The place was settled originally off of the
Homestead Act, where we said, OK, we got a
lot of land out here.
It's open.
You come out and settle it for five years, it's yours.
This creates opportunity of an incredible nature.
We are delighted to have it here.
We are delighted that Google has chosen this
as the first place.
We're looking forward to their expansion in the region.
And they were talking about expanding from
this network on out.
We welcome you to other communities across
the state of Kansas.
But today, it's a great day.
And everything is up-to-date in Kansas City.
God bless you all.

Thank you.

MILO MEDIN: Thank you again, Governor Brownback.
And thanks again to everyone here for being part of our
announcement today.
Now you may be wondering, when can I get this service?

We're not exactly sure until we get the engineering
planning done.
But we hope to--
we're [UNINTELLIGIBLE] planned offer service beginning in
early 2012.
We're thrilled to be welcomed in, and to be
part of your community.
And we hope to be as good a neighbor to you as you have
been to us.
To learn more, go to this URL and be able to interact.
And that's the place you'll find the latest up-to-date
Now we would like to invite everyone here to come outside
and join us for some good, local barbecue.
And on behalf of Google, again, thank you
for welcoming us.
Thank you, and we look forward to
inventing the future together.