From the L.A. Times Technology blog:
Google detailed on Wednesday its Google Fiber Internet service, which will launch first in Kansas City, Kan., promising free broadband Web access for schools and speeds 100 times faster than the current average.
“In about 1995, 15 years ago roughly, everyone was living on 56 kilobits, and it was awful,” said Patrick Pichette, Google’s chief financial officer. “And then somebody invented a 5-meg modem, and everybody was saying, what are you going to do with 5 megs. … Think what you’re going to do with a gigabit; 1,000 megabits.”
Photo: Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette announces Kansas City, Kan., as the first city where it will offer its Google Fiber service, on March 30, 2011, at Wyandotte High School. Credit: David Eulitt / Kansas City Star/MCT