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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 01:34 PM

Google's ultrafast Internet draws startups to KC

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/us/article/Google-s-ultrafast-Internet-draws-startups-to-KC-4190378.php

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) 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.

The advantage here for startups is simple: A fast Internet pipe makes it easier to handle large files and eliminates buffering problems that plague online video, live conferencing or other network-intensive tasks. Though the Kansas City location presents challenges for startups, including the ability to raise money outside the traditional Silicon Valley venture capital scene, entrepreneurs like Synthia Payne believe it's the place to be right now for up-and-coming tech companies.

Payne is one of those entrepreneurs hoping to launch her startup dream an Internet subscription service for musicians who want to collaborate online on the cheap. She shares the State Line Road house, known as the "Home for Hackers," with other startups under a deal that allows them to live rent-free while they develop their business plans.

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steve2470 Jan 2013 OP
RC Jan 2013 #1
msongs Jan 2013 #2
proud2BlibKansan Jan 2013 #4
n2doc Jan 2013 #3
proud2BlibKansan Jan 2013 #5
pampango Jan 2013 #6
Orrex Jan 2013 #7

Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 01:59 PM

1. I knew there was a good reason for moving to KCMO from North Dakota.

 

Just don't tell my better half.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:00 PM

2. high speed internet should be public utility, not corporate for profit provided nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:14 PM

4. They're practically giving it away to subscribers

Rates are very low. And they started in the lowest income central city locations. All the schools will get it too.

I live in KC and can't say enough good things about this project.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:00 PM

3. Yep. Imagine what a nationwide system would do.

But we can't have that, can we? ATT and the rest of the cables and telecos would get butthurt.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:15 PM

5. It's been a great program so far.

Can't wait till it gets to my neighborhood. We're already on the list.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:18 PM

6. Diane Rehm had a great show on internet monopolies in the US.

Their monopoly status is also why Americans pay more money for worse Internet service than consumers in most other developed nations.

http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2013-01-10/susan-crawford-captive-audience

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:18 PM

7. That would be a refreshing change

Comca$t touts its high-speed service as "up to" 100 mbps, but after a few dozen speed tests at widely varying times of day, I've never seen it reach above 60.

What am I paying for, exactly?

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