Kansas City businesses dream big with Google Fiber, despite uncertain availability

By February 28, 2012 News

Businesses in Kansas City have some big ideas for Google’s new fiber network, although they still don’t know if they’ll be able to use it once it goes online.

That’s because Google originally conceived its experimental fiber network as a fiber-to-the-home network for residential users. But given the enthusiasm that Google has seen from the community as a whole, the company is now thinking about extending its fiber network’s capabilities to enterprise customers if its residential rollout is successful.

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But as Google spokeswoman Jenna Wandres says, this will require rethinking the company’s infrastructure plans since business-class services require more than just the single fiber cable that residential homes will get for their Web connections. So any fiber rollout to businesses won’t happen at least until Google finishes building out its FTTH network for consumers. And since official construction of the experimental fiber network only started earlier this month, there is no estimated timetable for when the network could become available for the enterprise.

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