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January 16, 2013

Startups thrive in Kansas' Silicon Prairie thanks to Google Fiber

  • Residents were thrilled when Google made Kansas City the test bed for a fiber optic network that has speeds of up to a gigabyte per second.
  • By MARIA SUDEKUM
    Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Inside a small bungalow on the street separating Kansas City, Kan., from its sister city in Missouri, a small group of entrepreneurs are working on their ideas for the next high-tech startup, tapping Google Inc.'s new superfast Internet connection that has turned the neighborhood into an unlikely settlement dubbed the “Silicon Prairie.”

    The home on State Line Road is one of several startup-friendly locations that have sprouted up in Kansas City in recent months. The catalyst is Google Fiber, the search-engine giant's fiber-optic network being tested in the Kansas City area that advertises speeds of up to a gigabyte per second — a rate that massively exceeds the average Internet speeds at homes hooked up with cable modems.


     
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