July 26, 2012
Amanda Schnieders, Kauffman Foundation
Google Opens Demonstrative Fiber Space in Westport
Among the many other things unveiled in their recent announcement, Google has created a Fiber Space in the Westport area of Kansas City, Mo. in order to demonstrate the many uses and abilities of Google's gigabit network.The space at 1814 Westport Road is now open to visitors by appointment only.
Along with spaces to play video games and download material from the Internet instantaneous, Google has also setup display areas for their new Fiber TV coponents, allowing visitors to test out the Nexus 7 remote control and tablet component combined with Google's TV services right there.
Google has paired with KU Medical Center, Sporting KC, and the Kansas City Kansas Public Library in order to see the impact of fiber on health care, sporting and education in Kansas City. The Fiber Space even a health kiosk connected to KU Medical Center in which patients/visitors can actually connect with a dietician through the computer, using Google's gigabit network.
The Fiber Space also has a map that shows the Kansas City neighborhoods currently rallying for Google Fiber. They show which neighborhoods are actively signing up, and which communities have reached the threshhold or not.
The Fiber Space will also be holding events in the next six weeks to demonstrate the uses of a gigabit network in the everyday lives of Kansas Citians.
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