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Google ultra-high speed network destined for Kansas City

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Google has announced the location in which it will build its ultra high-speed fibre network. Following its request for applications from US cities that wished to be considered to host the project, Kansas City was chosen out of almost 1,100 respondents.

Making the announcement on its official blog on Wednesday, Google said that it had signed an agreement with the city and that, pending approval from the city’s Board of Commissioners, “we plan to offer services beginning in 2012.” Google added that it would “also be looking at ways to bring ultra high-speed Internet to other cities across the country.” Milo Medin, VP of access services at Google, said that the project was aiming to “take people from the megabit web to the gigabit web.” Google says that, under the project, 1Gb access will be delivered to every home in Kansas City.

Yesterday also saw Google apologise to users over the Buzz fiasco, which saw Gmail users’ private contact lists made available to the public at large. Although it quickly changed the settings, Google found itself on the wrong side of privacy advocates as well as the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Yesterday, the FTC reached an agreement with the search giant that will see its privacy procedures independently vetted every two years. Users will also have to give their consent before Google is allowed to change how it shares their personal information.

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