Google Nixes Neighborhood Wireless

Google has turned down a Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood’s plan to tap into Google’s fiber network 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.

Connecting for Good partnered with the Rosedale Development Association on the plan to share those speeds among residents of the community, which has several low-income housing developments and no central library or community center.

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