Google's ultrafast Internet draws startups to KC

Google's ultrafast Internet draws startups to KC

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FILE - In this July 17, 2006 file photo, Google workers walk by a Google sign at company headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google says computer hackers in China broke into the Gmail accounts of several hundred people, including senior government officials in the U.S. and political activists. The attacks announced Wednesday, June 1, 2011 on Google's blog aren't believed to be tied to a more sophisticated assault originating from China in late 2009 and early last year. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 13, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 13 at 6:36 PM

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Google's new superfast Internet connection is creating a tech startup culture in Kansas City.
 
Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., were picked as the first cities to get Google's new fiber-optic network that's capable of reaching speeds far greater than average cable-modem connections.
 
Tech startups are sprouting up around the area dubbed "Silicon Prairie" as developers use the superfast connection. In one neighborhood, a web developer has created what he calls a "Home for Hackers" where entrepreneurs can live rent-free for three months while they develop their business.
 
Still, such startups face funding challenges. Silicon Valley venture capital groups in particular like their entrepreneurs close by in California.
 
But local developers say that's a challenge that will keep entrepreneurs hungry and focused on building applications that people can use.

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