For Google Inc.’s Internet service to change the world, it must do more than just change Kansas City.
The tech behemoth’s grand gamble here — due to launch in homes near Westport and State Line roads next month — could determine whether Google or other companies bother to super-wire other cities. Any encores, tech industry analysts say, require a debut with two clear successes.
First, consumers will have to conclude that gigabit-per-second Internet speeds are a must-have utility. Second, the Google Fiber project will have to show there’s money to be made selling amped-up Internet.
“They’re trying to use this as a model, and to show that this can be done profitably,” said Michael Render, a market consultant to the Fiber to the Home Council, which advocates for greater household bandwidth. Read more on Kansas City Star.