Connecting for Good in the News again
Google turns down Rosedale’s Wi-Fi idea
BY SANGEETA SHASTRY
The Kansas City Star
Google has turned down a Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood’s plan to tap into the ultra-fast Internet connections promised by the Internet company and create a kind of Wi-Fi cooperative.
Michael Liimatta, co-founder of local nonprofit Connecting for Good, said Google told the groups involved that the idea wasn’t in line with planned licensing agreements for the new product, Google Fiber.
Google says the new service will deliver speeds of up to one gigabit per second, allowing for downloads about 100 times as fast as the national average and uploads 1,000 times as fast. Google announced in spring 2011 that it was coming to this market, choosing Kansas City over more than 1,100 other communities that begged to be first. Since then, it has said very little about what it is bringing to town.