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The National WWI Museum and Memorial has been a Google Fiber Community Connection since 2014. Recently, they asked if we could upgrade them to our new 5 Gig service to help support their activities during a big onsite event. . .and they decided they liked it so much that they wanted to keep it as a paying customer! In advance of Memorial Day, we’re happy to share a guest post from their Vice President of Facilities, Operations Management and Technology, Chris Wyche, on how they are putting that speed to use to help further their mission of remembrance and education. 

The Liberty Memorial Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Kansas City skyline. In 1918, weeks after the Armistice ended fighting on the Western Front, Kansas City leaders coalesced around the need to build a lasting monument for those who served in The Great War. So, in 1919 the Liberty Memorial Association was founded. In just 10 days, $2.5 million was raised – the equivalent of $40 million today – and the National WWI Museum and Memorial was born. 

Over the last several decades the Museum and Memorial has experienced exponential growth in service to our mission: to remember, interpret and understand The Great War (known today as World War I) and its enduring impact on the global community. 

  • 1998: Kansas Citians voiced their support for the Liberty Memorial Tower and their interest in expanding the site by building a museum beneath the Tower.

  • 2004: The Museum and Memorial was designated by Congress as the nation’s official World War I Museum.

  • 2006: In September, the site was designated a National Historic Landmark and the National WWI Museum and Memorial opened to international acclaim.


Although the Museum and Memorial’s mission is rooted in reverence for the past, part of my job is to ensure we’re consistently looking to the future, finding avenues to better serve our visitors and the community. 

As such, when Google Fiber brought high-speed internet service to Kansas City more than 10 years ago, we jumped at the opportunity to work with this innovative company. Now, we’ve been a Google Fiber Community Connection for almost a decade. Google Fiber’s service allows us to bring best-in-class, interactive digital experiences to each of our visitors each year; it also ensures we’re prepared when significant milestones occur. 

In April we experienced one of those milestones, the 2023 NFL Draft, in which the Museum and Memorial played an integral role. With hundreds of thousands of fans descending on and around our grounds, we knew both internet access and speed were of critical importance. Therefore, we reached out to our longstanding internet service provider, Google Fiber, to identify solutions to help prepare us for the influx of people and technology needs. They jumped into action and determined more bandwidth was the answer. We became the first institution in Kansas City to use Google Fiber’s 5 Gig service. Our teams got to work on the technical aspects of the upgrades: a new firewall, new fiber installed inside and outside, and 20 new wireless access points. This joint effort enabled us to provide reliable, fast connectivity, not only to the on-site NFL staff, but also to our Museum and Memorial guests. 

It's not just NFL fans who travel far and wide to experience our grounds, every year visitors from around the world come to the Museum and Memorial to immerse themselves in history. However, we know not everyone is able to visit us in person, therefore, it is core to our mission that we harness the power of digitization to share our resources and history with a global audience. Now, our team is in the process of digitizing our entire collection, with three-dimensional objects soon to come, making everything accessible through our Online Connections Database. Google Fiber’s reliability, and even faster upload and download speeds with our new 5 Gig service, has been critical in this process. This enhanced connectivity will continue to benefit our guests for years to come.

These upgrades are also critical to our annual Memorial Day Celebrations, which we anticipate will be tremendously successful. 

We have many new, exciting exhibits debuting this summer:  

We invite you to visit us. We’re confident you will feel inspired by this unique, historical landmark in Kansas City, and learn something new about those who served in World War I, performing their duty with courage, patriotism, sacrifice, and honor.

Posted by Chris Wyche, National WWI Museum and Memorial, Vice President of Facilities, Operations Management and Technology

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Our West team has been busy — next up, we’re happy to share that Logan, Utah, will become a Google Fiber city.


We’ve signed a license agreement with the City of Logan, our northernmost Utah city to date (also about halfway between Pocatello and Salt Lake City) which will allow us to begin the planning process for bringing a high speed fiber-to-the home network to residents. We expect to start construction later this year and begin offering service in Logan in 2024. Logan residents who want to stay up-to-date on our progress in Logan can sign up here.

The Utah team is continuing to build out our network along the Wasatch Front. With Logan, we’re working to extend our network further north in Utah and bridge our new cities in Idaho as well. 

Posted by Silvia Castro, Head of Government & Community Affairs, Utah & Idaho

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Last fall, Dinni told you that I was testing our 20 Gig product in my home. Yes, I have the speed test to prove it, but to be honest, my household can’t really test the limits of what that much internet speed can do. We tried — we streamed as many World Cup games in 4K as we had devices, but we didn’t even come close to using it all.

That’s why we launched a test with our friends at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and they’ve been doing a lot of things at their School of Science and Engineering from tackling big data sets to making virtual reality less virtual and more reality (more on that soon — stay tuned).

But we know that’s just the beginning (like our recently launched 5 Gig and 8 Gig products). That’s why we’re looking for eight more organizations  — businesses, non-profits, educational institutions — to help test 20 Gig in Austin, Huntsville, Raleigh-Durham and Salt Lake City.

So what makes your organization or company a good candidate to test a symmetrical 20 Gig connection?

  • You’re downloading or uploading massive datasets
  • You're conducting research that really needs significantly more bandwidth 
  • You tell us! — You’re working on some future-focused technology we haven’t even heard of, but it needs a lot of bandwidth

If that sounds right, let us know here that you are ready to give REALLY, REALLY, (okay, one more REALLY) fast internet a try.

Posted by Nick Saporito, Head of Multi-gig & Commercial Product

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Today, we’re introducing you to one of our Community Foundation of Huntsville’s Digital Inclusion Fund grant recipients, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater and Academy, a Alabama based nonprofit that uses the theater to help kids develop real world skills. Karen Mockensturm, Executive Director, shares how they’re implementing technical theater and performing arts training for local youth with Google Fiber’s support for their tech theatre lab. 

At Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater and Academy (FPCTA), we teach life skills through stage skills. It’s our goal that every child who walks through our doors leaves empowered to be an advocate for themself and feels inspired to tell their own story.

This mission started at an unusual time. As you may know, Huntsville is also known as “Rocket City” due to the development of the, yes, rockets in our city that put the first people on the moon. In accordance with this fact, FPCTA was founded in 1961 — the same time our city population was massively expanding due to a large influx of people supporting the aerospace and scientific communities. 

This was part of a major expansion of Huntsville’s arts community. Along with FPCTA, the Huntsville Ballet was founded; the Huntsville Arts Museum had a major expansion; the Youth Symphony was founded; and our Huntsville Symphony went professional. Simply put: This was a time when our region was majorly defining its arts and culture landscape.

Since then, we’ve had more than a million people come through our doors. Today we serve as a gateway for children’s theatre and professional culture arts in the area, at this point serving around 31,000 people a year. 


For the most part that means teaching performing arts skills, but there’s always been an element of technical theater that permeates what we do. Through our eight-person-space STEAM Lab, we teach the foundations and the intricacies of lighting design, audio engineering, set design, props making, costume design, and more. 

This is why we’re incredibly excited that the Google Fiber Digital Inclusion grant has supported us to launch our tech theater lab which is key to preparing today's students for pre-advanced manufacturing, audio engineering and other creative industry careers. This is the pilot program for a part of our planned capital expansion which includes a 100% accessible, 35,700 square foot theatre arts campus. This brand new facility will feature a new 355 seat theater, a flexible black box space, classroom spaces, a dance studio — and a full tech lab, including separate film and music studios.

I was hired in 2012 as Executive Director with the charge of making sure that our organization would move smoothly into the next iteration of our long-term legacy. In knowing we have support through so many channels and seeing our theater step into a bigger pair of shoes, I know we’re well on our way to accomplishing exactly that.

Posted by Karen Mockensturm, Executive Director, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater and Academy

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Even in the digital age, libraries continue to serve the central function of connecting many in our communities to the larger world. Today, Shawn Bakker, President of Nashville Public Library Foundation shares how the organization brings additional resources to help serve the library’s clients in new ways, including expanding digital equity across Nashville. 

In the library of the 21st century, books are only half the story. Today’s community library is an agile information hub for personal empowerment, continuously adapting to meet the needs of its patrons and the rapidly changing circumstances of our society. Government funding pays for staff, books and buildings, but the programs that make Nashville Public Library a community jewel require more support than is available in public funds. The Nashville Public Library Foundation (NPLF) provides that bridge.

Since its creation in 1997, the Nashville Public Library Foundation, has raised over $65 million, from individuals and organizations, to advance the impact and reach of Nashville Public Library programs and initiatives that exist beyond the budget of Metro government. Gifts to the Foundation ignite a world of opportunity and access for people of all ages through investment in library resources that build literacy, digital skills, workforce readiness, lifelong learning and ultimately, create better lives. Support from NPLF enables the library to build robust programs, and pivot when circumstances require.  

We are especially proud of our partnerships with community pillars, like Google Fiber, whose values align with ours and whose generosity helps NPL meet the growing needs of Nashvillians.   Google Fiber’s investment in the Foundation is enabling life-changing initiatives like NPL’s Digital Inclusion program.


Digital inclusion refers to the work necessary to ensure that all communities, especially those with the most barriers to access, have the tools needed to thrive in our modern, internet-based society. This includes not only access to hardware, software and the internet, but also the knowledge and support to effectively use those resources. Put simply: digital divide is the problem. Digital equity is the goal. Digital inclusion is the pathway.  

Nashville Public Library is a central hub for this work in our community, and many of its programs are aimed toward seniors, who often have the greatest need.  NPL’s Digital Inclusion program offers in person training to adults at branches, community centers and partner organizations throughout the city.  Library staff travel throughout Nashville, delivering services and resources to make seniors feel connected, valued and empowered. Since the program's inception in 2017, it has served 1,500 to 2,000 seniors annually and was one of the programs highlighted in the NPL Library of the Year Award

Participants report using their newfound skills for pursuit of college degrees, new jobs, telehealth visits, and to facilitate family connections. One graduate shared with us recently, “During the pandemic, thanks to the wonderful people at NPL’s Digital Inclusion program, I got an iPad and learned how to see and chat with my grandson.”  The benefits are immediate, and for some of Nashville’s seniors, life changing. 

Steadfast partners like Google Fiber allow Nashville Public Library to focus on creating dramatic impacts for Nashvillians and programs that help our community become a more literate, imaginative, and equitable place.  

Posted by Shawn Bakker, President, Nashville Public Library Foundation

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Today, we’re pleased to announce plans to build a Google Fiber network in Pocatello, Idaho — our first city in the Gem State! We’re quite excited to deliver high-speed, gigabit internet to customers in Idaho, and adding another state continues to expand our reach. As the “Gateway to the Northwest,” Pocatello could not be a more fitting place to start.


We’re kicking off the engineering process and working with the city to get ready for construction, which we expect to start late this year. We plan to begin connecting Pocatello residents and businesses to fast, reliable internet in the middle of 2024. Sign up for updates on our progress here.

We all know great things come from the ground in Idaho, and we’re looking forward to putting something pretty special in the ground there, too. 

Posted by Silvia Castro, UT & ID Government and Community Affairs Manager

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Today, we’re introducing you to one of our Community Foundation of Huntsville’s Digital Inclusion Fund grant recipients, Huntsville Community Drumline, a tuition-free, non-profit percussion instruction organization  based in Huntsville, Alabama where they teach  life skills through drumming. Angela L. Wilson-Walker, CEO & Founder, shares how the i.D.R.U.M. (or Digitally Responsible Unstoppable Musicians) program is breaking barriers in STEAM learning for local youth. 

At Huntsville Community Drumline (HCDL), our mission is to empower youth to become productive and contributing members of our society — drums are just the tools we use. If our students decide not to become drummers, that’s ok with us. We ultimately want them to learn teamwork, self-discipline, respect for themselves and respect for others. But before we talk about what we do, it’s fundamental to understand how Huntsville Community Drumline came to be.

Before I founded HCDL in 2010, there were three paths simultaneously converging in my life. 

Path #1

I was the coordinator of an amazing drumline at my church. As the drumline experienced exponential growth, I saw the impact that it had on the youth that were involved and the impact that it had on the youth in the audiences where the drumline performed. We would be invited to events and the children in the audiences were intrigued by the drums. They were especially fascinated to  see children that looked like them and were the same age as them performing on the drumline.

I decided that I wanted to branch out into the community. I wanted to invite children and youth  of all ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds to experience what it was like to be a part of a marching drumline without church membership requirements. 

Path #2

Many years ago I read an article about the tragic story of 14 year old Martin Lee Anderson. In 2006 he was arrested for stealing his grandmother’s car, curfew violation and for stealing candy. He was sentenced to 6 months in the Bay County boot camp in Panama City. After being forced to run drills on his first day at the camp, Martin collapsed and died. His devastating death brought national attention. The NAACP, the Black Caucus, and the Department of Justice called for investigations. Civil rights complaints were filed and thousands of college students marched on the state capital demanding justice for Martin Lee Anderson. The camp was eventually closed.

I remember seeing the outrage and the demands for justice for this young man, and I couldn’t help thinking, where was the justice for him before he died? What if there had been systems and programs in place designed to keep him involved in positive activities and off the streets—what if  thousands of college students had intervened in his life prior to him being sent to that bootcamp? These were burning, unanswered, heartbreaking “what if” questions that remained with me for many years. 

Path #3

After graduating high school my son, a phenomenal musician and life-long drummer, decided that he didn’t want to attend college.  He told me that he would rather sit on the side of the road with a cup and a sign that read ‘will work for food’ than ever take another math class. 

Frederick Walker - Photo Credit: Dokk Savage

I knew the statistics of young Black men without a college degree and I didn’t want him to fall victim to a deeply flawed system — I knew I needed to step in.

So at the intersection of these three transformative paths, I stepped out on faith, took a significant investment risk, used my son’s college fund, my savings, my retirement, borrowed money from family, close friends and I bought an 8,700 sq. ft., half-million dollar building. It was there that the Huntsville Community Drumline had its very loud and humble beginnings.

Today we’re nearly 13 years strong and have taught more than 5,000 youth and children in Huntsville and surrounding areas to play the drums — all tuition-free. 

Photo Credit: Andrew Wolfe

Just one of our many programs, i.D.R.U.M. (or Digitally Responsible, Unstoppable Musicians) is our latest initiative. We refer to these students as  the “Mix-masters”!

This program is focused on developing digital literacy beyond gaming and social media through music and video production. i.D.R.U.M. instructor, multi-platinum music producer Craig Stevens of Groovetime Music has worked with some of the biggest names in the business and is now teaching HCDL youth new skills such as composing, mixing, and mastering Music.

Photo Credit: Sweet Gap Photography

Google Fiber's Digital Inclusion grant, administered through the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, made this possible. When we received the grant, I immediately reached out to Craig, who had been a long time HCDL supporter. He did an amazing job of getting our iDRUM initiative off the ground. The following year I applied for the grant again, and this time with Craig’s input,  the grant award was doubled. With the additional funding we were able to scale the program, add more stations, a server, more equipment and stations for video production. We were also able to move from our original space in the building and we’ve created a  computer lab with studio space. 

Thirteen years ago, I had no idea that the three converging paths would lead me on this very loud journey. At times I faced uncertainty and I wondered if I would be able to continue. I remember being asked by a potential donor, “Are you sustainable?” I knew that what he meant was, “Is the organization sustainable?” I knew that the real question was, “Are these kids sustainable?” And this, to me, was a simple answer of yes.

Photo Credit: Sweet Gap Photography

Each day, I get to watch children flourish, grow, learn, all while becoming amazing gifted and talented musicians. Then I get to hear about them continuing to progress and develop into productive humans.

I can officially look back and say God has smiled on me! I know it had to have been through Divine intervention that those converging events in my life made me create something I never imagined or thought possible. We continue to be  connected with supportive individuals and organizations. We live in a wonderful community that loves HCDL and funding opportunities like the Google Fiber grant have all helped to make this loud journey possible. 

Oh and by the way, my son Frederick, who is HCDL’s creative director and lead instructor, is now a college graduate. But that’s another story for another blog…

Posted by Angela L. Wilson-Walker, CEO & Founder

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We told you even faster was coming, and now it’s in West Des Moines. Google Fiber customers there can now choose between 1 Gig, 2 Gig, 5 Gig, and, now, 8 Gig service when choosing the internet option that’s right for them.

Google Fiber’s symmetrical 8 Gig service costs $150 per month and comes with up to 8000 mbps upload and download speeds with a wired connection, along with a Wi-Fi 6 router (which allows for up to 800 mbps over Wi-Fi) and up to two mesh extenders for strong Wi-Fi coverage, and the new 10 Gig Fiber Jack. As with our other products, 8 Gig customers also get unlimited data, 1 terabyte of cloud storage, no cost professional installation and Google Fiber’s highly rated 24/7 customer service.

So if you have the need for speed — to run that home business, crunch all that data and work seamlessly in the cloud — 8 Gig is ready for you in West Des Moines and Mesa, Arizona. These represent our newest networks that are built not just for today’s demands, but to meet the future challenges of speed. We’re working to make these upgrades in all our cities, not just our newly announced metro areas.  We’ll be rolling out 8 Gig (and 5 Gig) across the country as those activities are complete. So stay tuned for more updates on availability soon! 

Posted by Nick Saporito, Head of Multi-gig & Commercial

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Take me out to the ballgame! It’s that time of year, and Google Fiber is ready for a little baseball. Today, Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, highlights the work of the organization and some of their newest digital projects (both in the physical museum and online) that Google Fiber has helped the organization complete. Check out all the details below, and batter up! 

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball and its profound impact on the social advancement of America. Our mission grabs the hearts, minds, and imaginations of the thousands of people who come visit us each year. The creation of the Negro Leagues is a wonderful story of triumph based on a simple principle: if I can’t play in the major leagues, I’ll create a league of my own. The Negro Leagues were established in Kansas City on February 13, 1920, out of the old Paseo YMCA, just around the corner from where our museum operates today. 


Now we’re coming full circle, back to the very building that gave birth to the story we are charged with preserving. Now, that same Paseo YMCA is being converted into an education and research center in memory of the late, great Buck O’Neil. Google Fiber is one of our sponsors for this project, providing high-speed internet to the building, creating better access for the many community members who will be using this space. Our new Buck O’Neil Education & Resource Center will offer expanded exhibit opportunities, classroom space, and event space, and an interactive baseball experience that examines the math and science of baseball. 

In addition to this new resource center, with Google Fiber’s support, we’ve developed several online exhibits and avenues for all audiences to engage with the Negro Leagues’ history.

Barrier Breakers

Our Barrier Breaker exhibit is an online exhibit that chronicles the players who broke the color barrier for each major league team. We all know the heroic story of Jackie Robinson, but many other integration pioneers’ stories have not been widely told. The Barrier Breaker exhibit aims the spotlight at those lesser-known integration pioneers and commemorates the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson stepping onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. 

Negro Leagues Beisbol

The Negro Leagues Beisbol exhibit celebrates the little-known, but very profound, connection between the Negro Leagues and Spanish-speaking communities. Spanish-speaking athletes were also not allowed in the major leagues, so many of them found sanctuary playing in the Negro Leagues and many Negro Leagues players found sanctuary playing in Spanish-speaking countries. This created a brotherhood between minority players, and they bonded through baseball. The online exhibit celebrates this cultural connection. 

And we’ve got so much more going on. We recently released a new animated series in partnership with the MLB, called Undeniable. I had the honor of narrating three animated shorts spotlighting the incredible impact of the Negro Leagues and the women who were a part of that history, along with the story of how Jackie Robinson became the chosen one to break the color barrier — you don’t know the full story, so make sure you check it out!

And just in time for Opening Day 2023, NLBM will debut on the PlayStation video game, MLB The Show 23. For the next five years, we’ll introduce eight new Negro League players to the game each year, accompanied with mini documentaries. You’ll be able to step into the shoes of these historic players and learn more about their stories and accomplishments.

Since NLBM’s inception in 1990, we’ve grown from a grassroots one-room office to being recognized as America’s National Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in 2006. Now, with the help of Google Fiber, we’re continuing to expand our impact whether you can visit us in person in Kansas City or just learn the rich history of the Negro Leagues online in the comfort of your home. This is one story that never gets old, and we’re excited to continue to find new ways to tell it!

Posted by Bob Kendrick, President, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

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It’s time, Arizona! Beginning today, we’re offering service to our first Arizona customers in the Westwood neighborhood of Mesa. They will also be the first Google Fiber customers with the opportunity to experience our 8 Gig product, our fastest internet ever. 

We marked the occasion by treating some Mesa residents to breakfast and coffee at Renegade Coffee, including Vice-Mayor Francisco Heredia, who represents the Westwood area, and Council Member Jennifer Duff. Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us.


For the first time anywhere, residential customers in Mesa can sign up for Google Fiber’s 8 Gig service for $150 per month. 8 Gig offers symmetrical uploads and downloads of up to 8000 Mbps with a wired connection, along with a Wi-Fi 6 router (which allows for up to 800 mbps over Wi-Fi) and up to two mesh extenders. Or residential customers can choose one of our other fast, reliable products — Google Fiber’s flagship 1 Gig service for $70 a month, 2 Gig for $100 a month or 5 Gig for $125 — ALL of these offer symmetrical uploads and downloads. No matter what the household needs, we’ve got the right speed to meet it. Local businesses can select either our new Business 2 Gig service for $250 per month or Business 1 Gig for just $100 per month. 

This is just the beginning for Google Fiber in Arizona. We’re continuing to build out our network in Mesa, and will start construction later this year in Chandler. As new segments are completed, we’ll offer service in those neighborhoods. Residents who want to keep up on the construction process or service availability in their area can sign up here.

Posted by Ashley Church, General Manager - West Region

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