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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The Interwebs fighting over Kansas City
It seems both Kansas Cities made it into The Wall Street Journal today:
Web Rivals Want What Google Got
To entice Google Inc. to build its ultra-high-speed fiber network there, Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., offered the Internet company sweeteners including several free or discounted city services. Now, Time Warner Cable Inc. and AT&T Inc., the incumbent Internet and TV providers in town, are angling to get the same deal.
Among the sweeteners granted Google by both cities are free office space and free power for Google's equipment, according to the agreement on file with the cities. The company also gets the use of all the cities' 'assets and infrastructure'—including fiber, buildings, land and computer tools..."
Maybe this was in The Star at some point--who gets and reads all those papers? (Well, except maybe aged barbers in town or elderly citizens).
I had no idea the city gave them all that access.
Seems like a good idea, too, for once.
Both sides--the respective city and Google--benefit. And now we benefit even more, too, what with all the computer companies like Time Warner Cable and AT&T fighting over us. How great. Yet more benefits.
Kansas City--both sides of the state line--wins. Right here in good, old "flyover" country.
So, enjoy, Kansas City. It won't last long but for a while, we're top of the technology heap.
I be lovin' me some good, old-fashioned competition right about now.