It was one of the biggest news announcements of the year, but ever since Google picked Kansas City over thousands of other communities to build “an ultra-high speed fiber-optic internet network” there’s been very little more said about the deal.
The newly selected point person for Google in Kansas City declined to appear on The Local Show saying there simply wasn’t enough progress to report on yet. The co-chairs appointed by the Mayors of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri also said they didn’t have anything substantive to share.
Just recently the Kansas City Star reported that the timeline for connecting the first neighborhoods has been delayed until next summer.
Interestingly, many of the articles about Google are quoting representatives of the social media club of Kansas City to help unpack what this all means. The 2,000 member tech-savvy group has been hosting forums to rev up community interest in the Google project and its potential for Kansas City.
Lisa Qualls and Aaron Deacon from Social Media Club KC discuss some potential uses for the new Google internet service.