With a goal of making the web better for users, Google plans to build an ultra-high-speed fiber-optic network in Kansas City, providing Internet access at speeds 100 times faster than what most Americans have today. This March 2011 announcement was especially exciting for the region, because Kansas City was chosen over 1,100 other communities that had hoped to be selected for the build-out of this leading-edge network infrastructure.
Google identified the University of Kansas Medical Center as one of several key partners with which it would work closely to develop the gigabit applications of the future. Our research experience, technological expertise, entrepreneurial focus and close alignment with The University of Kansas Hospital make KUMC a natural choice as an innovation partner.
This creates a unique opportunity for established companies as well as entrepreneurs to work with us as we develop, test and deploy health and health-care applications using the new ultra-high-speed broadband network coming to Kansas City in early 2012.