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Either way, according to Wandres, most KC homes are already fiber-ready. It's just a matter of getting each structure connected.
"The nice thing about fiber to the home is, you can take the connection and pretty much wire it into any home, and it will work the same across the board," Wandres said. "With the fiber-to-the-home connections, you'll get the gigabyte speeds with the right connections — an Ethernet connection. If you use Wi-Fi, the speeds will be a little bit slower because that's the way Wi-Fi works. ... But you'll still be able to use that network on multiple computers or devices throughout your home."
Hang on: We really aren't going to need new gear in order to, say, stream Hulu at NASA velocity?
No. Maybe. When?
Wandres: "We don't know what you can use it [Google Fiber] for right now. Back when we had dial-up Internet, we couldn't imagine what it would be like to stream videos over Netflix or watch HD videos on YouTube. One of the things that we hope with Google Fiber is that people will be able to use a gigabyte to develop the applications of the future and enjoy them in the home. It's kind of hard to project what would be useful to people with a gigabyte in the home. For now, computers and electronic devices, like tablets and phones, [and] Internet-ready TVs will be immediately useful with Google Fiber. And in the future, we're not sure." (We asked Wandres what her home tech rig looks like; she didn't want to say on the record, but it didn't sound like anything the rest of us couldn't get.)
And then our time was up, and Wandres was gone, and we felt ... about the same.
Which means we felt really good. Because Kansas City's tech community was starting to boom even before Google Fiber chose this as its kickoff site, and now that growth looks exponential. This week's Pitch is the first of a new, periodic series dedicated to the metro's entrepreneurs, innovators and young professionals whose designs, apps and business models are at the heart of KC's future. Read on: