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“Special First”

By SUSAN FOTOVICH MCCABE

When Google Fiber selected Kansas City as the starting point for the launch of its ultra high-speed Internet network in 2012, it transformed communication and commerce in the area. Nearly three years later, Kansas City remains a legitimate Midwest tech hub, nationally recognized for the launch of numerous successful area tech startups and the relocation of many existing U.S. companies that want to access Google Fiber’s record-breaking Internet speed. Google Fiber selected Kansas City over 1,100 other cities, saying it couldn’t imagine a better place to start than the KC region. With or without Google Fiber, the company believes Kansas City is a hub for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, with a diverse population that represents the rest of the country. Most recently, Google Fiber introduced its Early Access Program for small business in select areas of central Kansas City. It was designed to help small business in a wide variety of ways, including connecting to the cloud, getting closer to customers and bringing more transactions online. “Google Fiber has had such an amazing impact on Kansas City since we first announced,” said Google Fiber Community Impact Manager, Rachel Merlo. “We’ve been able to expand fiber to new municipalities, introduce a small business offering 68

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and seed community wide efforts regarding the importance of digital inclusion. Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri will always hold a special designation as the first for Google Fiber.” One of the reasons Google Fiber’s pilot launch in Kansas City was successful, Merlo said, was because Google and Kansas City leaders worked in tandem to explore this ground-breaking opportunity. As a team, Google Fiber and area leaders worked to address the city’s infrastructure - roads, underground utility paths and even permitting capabilities, to assure it was ready to design and build a brand new network. Following the Kansas City launch, Google Fiber expanded to Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas, and has plans to add service to Salt Lake City, Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte and RaleighDurham, North Carolina. n

KC Options | 2015-2016  

In this issue of KC Options learn about Kansas City’s dynamic tech scene and the companies developing revolutionary products and services fr...

KC Options | 2015-2016  

In this issue of KC Options learn about Kansas City’s dynamic tech scene and the companies developing revolutionary products and services fr...