Watch Google Fiber Announcement Live Thursday (7/26) at 11 a.m.

The time is finally here. According to Google, the announcement of its mysterious Google Fiber project in Kansas City is set for Thursday, July 26 at 11 a.m.

Google has been hush-hush from the beginning on its plans for the 1-gigabyte network. In June Google spokesperson Jenna Wandres would not reveal whether the company would provide Internet television or smart grid capabilities. Wandres said she was excited about the network’s ability to create “apps for the future” such as one allowing sick students to be able to telecommute into classrooms.

Still, competing companies wanted more information. The Kansas City Star reported Time Warner, Inc. was paying its workers with $50 gift cards for tips on Google’s plans. “We’re looking for construction activity,” Time Warner Spokeswoman Marci Pelzer told the Star. “We want our employees to be alert. … We would be doing this with any other new competitor.”

After weeks of topic dodging, reconnaissance by competitors and announcements of announcements, Google will broadcast its Google Fiber announcement live via YouTube stream Thursday morning. When it happens, you can watch the whole thing in real time at the top of this page.

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