Kansas City has been declared the winner of Google’s ‘Google Fiber’ contest, and the internet giant will now roll out a trial fibre-optic network in the city, offering transmission speeds of up to 100Mbps. Google first announced the project over a year ago, and received applications from almost 1,100 cities that were interested in hosting the network. Google’s vice president of Access Services, Milo Medin, wrote on Google’s official blog: ‘In selecting a city, our goal was to find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations. We’ve found this in Kansas City. We’ll be working closely with local organisations including the Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Centre to help develop the gigabit applications of the future. Pending approval from the city’s Board of Commissioners, we plan to offer service beginning in 2012. We will also be looking closely at ways to bring ultra high-speed internet to other cities across the country’.