One of the best kept secrets of the Midwest is that Kansas City, Missouri is home to a thriving entrepreneurial community. But thanks to the launch of Google Fiber, Kansas City is making sure that it’s ready for its moment in the spotlight. Indeed, the City’s willingness to boost local entrepreneurs is one of the reasons why Google chose Kansas City to launch its fiber project there in the first place.
“We think gigabit speeds will lead to the applications of the future,” a Google spokesperson told me. “If you think back to dial-up, you couldn’t imagine having a company like Netflix. With higher speeds comes the next wave of applications, and one of the reasons we’re building in Kansas City is because there are a lot of entrepreneurs excited about that next generation.”