KC mayor: Partnership with Google will 'push the frontier forward'

New Kansas City Mayor Sly James is preparing to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. at Union Station to formally announce Google's Internet service expansion into Kansas City, Mo.

As reported first in The Star, Google's plan to bring ultrafast Internet connections to Kansas City, Kan., will now be extended across the state line, and on roughly the same timetable.

In a press release this morning, Kansas City Power & Light said it will provide Google access to its whole infrastructure and existing fiber network.

"We're thrilled to be working with KCP&L to bring the most advanced Internet service in the country to Kansas Citians," said Milo Medin, Google's vice president for access services.

James issued the following statement this morning: "Today is a great day for the people in Kansas City ... we should be proud to once again push the frontier forward and once again be the launching point for trails yet untraveled."