Kansas City is 1st Google Fiber Community

Kansas City will be the first to experience the power of Google‘s ultra-high speed fiber optic network technology.

Google announced its decision on Wednesday, ending about a year of guessing which U.S. community will get the honor of being the first to surf the Web at speeds of around 1 gigabit per second, which translates to 100 times faster than the average Internet connection in America. Kansas City beat out some 1,100 cities across the U.S. that have been trying to convince Google since the Internet search giant announced its plans in March last year.

The ultra-high speed network project will not be a one-man show for Google, as the company is reportedly tapping local organizations, universities, and companies to help realize the ambitious project that has the potential to revolutionize the way people use the Internet. The local government of Kansas City will also be involved in the project, which is set to begin next year.

In picking Kansas, Google, said that the company found a city “where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations.”