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Kansas City Public Library explores applications of Google Fiber

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Google's ultra high-speed network Google Fiber is well underway in Kansas City.

But many are now wondering how exactly the faster Internet will benefit them and the growing community.

The Kansas City Public Library's Central Branch is hosting a workshop to answer those questions. Teachers and community leaders are going to be there to brainstorm with technology experts on how to best use the technology.

The goal is to come up with pilot projects that will use the ultra-speedy Internet connection to enhance learning in classrooms, and to develop the workforce to help grow the economy. The projects will be supported with the help of $150,000 awarded to Kansas City from Mozilla.

The non-profit organization promotes innovation through the Internet, and Kansas City is just one of two cities in the country to get the funds.

The Kansas City Public Library shared one idea it hopes to push forward in the meetings - the concept of a software lending library.

"We would not be able to do a software lending library if we did not have the gigabit connection. The point of the software lending library is that you could be sitting at home, at your offices, at channel 5, and you could download software and use it if you have a gigabit connection over there, and you don't have to come to the library," said Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, the deputy director of the Kansas City Public Library.

The library hopes to have Google Fiber fully operating by the end of February. For those interested in taking part, the workshops begin at 9 a.m. and run through 8 p.m. Thursday at the Central Library, located at 14 W. 10th St. in downtown.

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