KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Coffee company Starbucks and Internet giant Google announced a partnership Wednesday that, ultimately, will see Kansas City stores wired with Google Fiber connections.
Starting in August, Google will become the official Wi-Fi provider of company-operated Starbucks stores in the United States, replacing AT&T. Additionally, Google announced that communities connected to the Google Fiber project — including Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City, Kansas, and other Metro suburbs, will see Starbucks locations wired with Google Fiber connections. Google says the result would mean Internet speeds 100 times faster than previous offerings in those stores. In places without Google Fiber service, the companies say customers should still see a significant improvement in connection speeds.
Don’t look for changes immediately; in a company post, Starbucks said it could take a year and a half to upgrade all 7,000 stores nationwide to the appropriate service.