Kansas City Power and Light forms broadband partnership with Google

By providing access to its electrical infrastructure, the utility will allow Google to offer Internet service at speeds up to 100 times faster than what most people have today

Kansas City, Mo., May 17, 2011 — Great Plains Energy and Kansas City Power and Light announced an agreement with Google and the City of Kansas City, Mo., to bring Google's ultra high-speed fiber optic Internet service to residents and businesses in Kansas City, Mo.

KCP&L is the first investor-owned utility in the world to partner with Google on its Google Fiber initiative. By providing access to its electrical infrastructure, KCP&L will allow Google to offer Internet service at speeds up to 100 times faster than what most people have today.

As part of the agreement, KCP&L will provide Google access to its poles, infrastructure and existing fiber network to deliver its ultra high-speed service to customers in Kansas City, Mo.

Rather than having to build its own delivery system, this agreement will allow Google and KCP&L to work together to deploy service over KCP&L's existing infrastructure, reducing costs as well as time for engineering, permitting and construction.

Over the last year, more than 1,100 cities across the United States competed to host Google's next generation Internet service. In March of this year, Google announced Kansas City, Kan., as the first community to receive ultra high-speed fiber.

Since the announcement, KCP&L, the city of Kansas City, Mo., and other community groups have continued to work with Google to expand the deployment in the Kansas City region.

Google's ultra high-speed broadband service will allow customers access to the Internet at sustained speeds of one gigabit per second. Google plans to begin offering this service to residents of Kansas City in early 2012.

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