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Also-Ran City Scores

May 17, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO. – There is still currency in being second for a highly sought prize. Proof is in the reaction of Kansas City, Missouri to being second city in the nation to put in Google's test-run of ultra high speed broadband internet service.

With engineering studies underway over how to deploy hundreds of miles of optic cables in first-choice Kansas City, Kansas, word comes the city's counterpart in Missouri is number two in line.

Google's Milo Medin says both cities will have the service by early next year. As in Kansas, Google service will be free to schools and government. Home customers will pay.

Local utilities are key to making it work. KCP&L's CEO Mike Chesser says lines will go on utility poles-- "significantly reducing costs as well as time for engineering, permitting and construction."

KCK Mayor Joe Reardon said the decision will have the cities, in his words, working together as a region.