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Beyond Our Borders
10:48 am
Thu October 2, 2014

How The State Line Has Shaped Growth In The Kansas City Startup Village

Because most Kansas City Startup Village properties are zoned residential, the home-based businesses inside can't put up signs. So they fly flags with the village's logo instead.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

Two years ago, metro-area entrepreneurs started buying houses in the first Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood to get Google Fiber.

They wanted to take advantage of the ultra-fast Internet as they launched new ventures in what quickly became known as the Kansas City Startup Village.

The plan was to create a community of entrepreneurs on either side of State Line Road. But because the two states have different economic incentives for new businesses, many entrepreneurs gravitated toward the Kansas side of the Startup Village.

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3:33 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Overland Park Expected To Green-Light Google Fiber

Credit Neerav Bhatt / Flickr--CC

The Overland Park City Council will vote Monday night on a pair of plans to bring Google Fiber to the Kansas suburb, months after striking a preliminary deal.

Google Fiber walked away from that discussion after several council members asked about liability for city-owned utilities such as light poles, even though they ultimately wanted to approve the plan. 

That shouldn't be a problem moving forward, says Councilman Paul Lyons.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Google Fiber Report Card

Kansas City was selected as the first place in the country to receive Google Fiber. Now that fiber networks have been established in the many communities in the metropolitan area, users have experienced internet connection that is 100 times faster than typical broadband speeds.

As Google Fiber and other fiber networks expand to other cities we explore how well Kansas City is capitalizing on it's head start and where it might be falling short. 


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KC Currents
10:45 am
Thu December 12, 2013

The Benefits And Disadvantages To Launching A Startup In Kansas City

Kansas City startup, EyeVerify, uses technology to scan eye veins as a mobile security mechanism.
Credit Courtesy / EyeVerify

The Kansas City metro area has become home to numerous tech startups over the last few years, in part because of  Google Fiber, but also because low rental prices and large cutting-edge tech companies that call the city home.

Out of his single floor office space in Kansas City's startup village on 45th and Stateline, in Kansas City, Kan., Toby Rush gives a demo of the mobile phone application he’s developing, and it is like something out of a spy movie.

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Business & Tech
9:49 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Google Fiber And Kansas City's Digital Divide

Issac Wilder (right) and assistant add a dish to a tower at Posada del Sol to send bandwidth over to the 18th and Vine district.
Credit Courtesy / Connecting for Good

While Google has cast a spotlight on Kansas City that has the country excited about high speed internet, like most cities around the country, access is not equally available.

Internet activists believe that the arrival of Google Fiber has highlighted the so-called digital divide. But Google says it wants to work with the communities and organizations involved in bridging the gap.

Digital training, a life necessity 

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KC Currents
9:12 am
Thu December 12, 2013

How Far Has Kansas City Come As A Tech Town?

The Home for Hackers in the Kansas City Startup Village welcomes tech developers from around the country to live rent free for three months and experiment with a gigabit internet connection.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Long before Google Fiber arrived in 2011, Kansas City has had a thriving technology sector, with cutting-edge companies like Cerner, Garmin and Sprint (whose roots go back to 1899 in Abilene, Kan.). Many of these companies have spawned other technology startups, which you can see on this impressive KC tech genealogy map.

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Business & Tech
6:18 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Roeland Park, Kan. Council Votes To Bring In Google Fiber

A screenshot, dated September 3, 2013, of the installation progress of Google Fiber in Kansas City, Kan.

The Roeland Park City Council Tuesday voted to bring Google Fiber, the high-speed Internet service, to the city. Spokeswoman Jenna Wandres says Roeland Park marks the "14th local Kansas City expansion (in addition to the original announcements in Kansas City, Kan.

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Business & Tech
1:40 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

New Fund Aims To Increase Digital Literacy In Kansas City

The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Wednesday afternoon announced it would manage a fund aimed at bridging the digital divide in Kansas City.

Recent studies of digital literacy in Kansas City have shown a quarter of our residents don’t have broadband at home.  Seventeen percent don’t use the internet at all.

Wednesday’s announcement of the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund is aimed at raising those percentages.

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Business & Tech
2:40 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Is Austin's Google Gain KC's Loss?

The Home for Hackers offers three-month, rent-free accomodations for internet entrepreneurs on State Line Road.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Google announced yesterday that it’s building a new high-speed fiber-optic network -- this time in Austin, Texas. It’s been two years since the company announced it would build its first fiber-optic network here in Kansas City, and many residents hoped it would be everywhere by now.

Planning for the network has Kansas Citians rethinking the future of many aspects of life and business here.

Ground Zero for Google Fiber

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Business & Tech
4:34 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Austin Is Latest Testbed For Google's High-Speed Experiment

Matthew Marcus works at his desk in the basement of Kansas City Startup Village in Kansas City, Kan., in January. The village houses several startup companies and takes advantage of the high-speed Internet. Google announced on Tuesday it would be installing its Google Fiber network in Austin, Texas, next.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 6:34 pm

Google announced Tuesday that its Google Fiber project would be hitting Austin, Texas, next. The company says Austin, famous for its South by Southwest festival, is a "mecca for creativity and entrepreneurialism, with thriving artistic and tech communities."

Google Fiber is the tech giant's blazing fast Internet service, with current rates at 1 Gpbs, about 100 times faster than your typical cable broadband Internet service. It debuted in Kansas City in 2012.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Google Fiber & KC: A Complicated Pair

Google Fiber

What began as a lofty goal to increase access to high-speed Internet has become a reality with Google Fiber. However, questions about the methods behind implementing this service still remain.

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Up to Date
8:04 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Facing The Future Of Cities

Kansas City, Mo., skyline
Lasse Fuss WikiCommons

Technology can be a boon or a bust to cities, depending on how it's applied.

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KC Currents
11:55 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Launch KC Hopes To Attract IT Startups

Mike Burke (left) and Mayor Sly James announce Launch KC.
Frank Morris

Part of the hype that’s come with Google Fiber is how great the super-fast internet speed could be for IT businesses.

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KC Currents
2:11 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Google’s Fiberhood Rally Results Are In, Now What?

The Google Fiber rabbit.

The deadline to pre-register for Google Fiber, what Google is calling their new super-fast internet service, came to a close September 9th.

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KC Currents
2:32 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City

KC Currents host Susan Wilson talking to Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Deputy Executive Director of the Kansas City Public Library, Michael Liimatta , co-founder of Connecting for Good and Donovan Mouton, local real estate developer.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

Studies from Google indicated that 42 percent of lower income areas in Kansas City don’t have access to internet.

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Business & Tech
9:50 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Kansas City Touted As 'The Place' For Startups

Kansas City Mayor Sly James welcomes startups.
Courtesy Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City’s civic and business leaders are mounting a push to spawn high-tech companies here.

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Business & Tech
2:28 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Google Fiber Wraps Campaign, Extends Deadline

Google wrapped up its six-week sign up campaign for Google Fiber on September 9, 2012. 180 out of a little more than 200 neighborhoods in Kansas City qualified for the service.

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Business & Tech
10:02 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Google Makes Final Push For Fiber

Kansas City leaders were thrilled when they beat out 11,000 other cities for something called Google Fiber.  Now residents are competing to bring the blazing fast internet service to their neighborhood first. 

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KC Currents
12:52 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Breaking Down Google Fiber's Plans For Kansas City

Eric Baker KCUR

1,100 other cities wanted it, but we got it: Google Fiber.  Since it was announced that ‘we got it’ about a year and a half ago, Kansas City has been eagerly waiting for details. 

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Google Fiber
9:32 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Google Reveals Fiber Project Details In Kansas City

New Google Fiber signage was revealed this morning at a location on State Line Rd. & 43rd St.
Jake Fowler flickr

Update 11:51 a.m.: Thursday kicked off a Google Fiber six-week rally during which residents of Kansas City, Kan. and central Kansas City, Mo., can demonstrate their desire to bring the service to their neighborhoods, or "fiberhoods," as Google has named them.

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Google Fiber
5:18 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Google Fiber: The Big Reveal On Thursday

Aaron Deacon (@aarondeacon) posted this photo with the tweet: "The illustrious location of tomorrow's #googlefiber announcement."
Aaron Deacon Social Media Club of Kansas City

Google Fiber is scheduled to make a "special announcement" on Thursday, July 26, at 11 am CDT.

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Up to Date
8:18 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Mayor Sly James On Kansas City Spotlight

Kansas City Mayor Sly James

One down and one go to: baseball’s 2012 All-Star Game brought national attention to Kansas City, and this Thursday, Google Fiber will tell us how much it will cost to speed up our reputation.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

'Code For America' Makes Better Government Through Better Apps

Jennifer Pahlka
Kevin Shockey

When asked for ways to improve local government, most people wouldn't say that better computer programming and smart phone applications should be the first item on the agenda.

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Google Fiber
10:33 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Google Fiber Announces 'Save The Date'

Google Fiber's website revealed Wednesday that the project will launch in Kansas City on July 26. The short message also says that there will be an announcement on the 26th, and interested parties can sign up here to receive it via email.

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Splicing Into Google Fiber
2:24 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Free Wifi For Rosedale?

Updated June 27, 2012 12:00pm:  Google has rejected Connecting for Good's wifi plan for Rosedale, according to Michael Liimatta.  He was told the idea is "not in their current licensing agreements."  Liimatta says he's still moving forward with the plan for an e-community center.

Google has promised Kansas City speed-of-light internet. The potential for residents, businesses, schools and hospitals, we've been told, is enormous.

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Up to Date
7:43 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Google Fiber Coming Soon...So What?

Fiber optic cable

There's no question that we're going to get it, but then what do we do with it? The ultra-high-speed internet service, Google Fiber, is coming to Kansas City, but many questions remain as to what it will mean for the community. 

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8:52 am
Tue June 5, 2012

New Google Fiber Hardware Possibly En Route To Kansas City

An IP set-top box with a Google Fiber label was recently added to the FCC database, Engadget reports. The label suggests the device is part of the Google Fiber project in development for Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo.

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8:16 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, January 30, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  • High Speed Health Care
  • Lawmaker Seeks To End Death Penalty in Missouri

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7:37 am
Mon January 30, 2012

High Speed Health: What Google Fiber Could Mean For Health Care

What if when you’re sick and need to see the doctor, you could just log on to your home computer for a virtual visit instead of going to the office?  That idea and others were kicked around among area health leaders last week at a meeting about what Google’s soon-to-be-installed high speed internet, Google Fiber, could mean for the region’s health care sector.

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Google Fiber
10:28 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Google Fiber: The New KC Infrastructure

Cameron Cushman speaks to the crowd at the library.
Kansas City Public Library

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