Two Cities With Blazing Internet Speed Search for a Killer App
But be careful what you wish for. After a few million in waived permit fees and granting Google free access to public land, the area is finding out that Google Fiber is so fast, it’s hard to know what to do with it.
There aren’t really any applications that fully take advantage of Fiber’s speed, at least not for ordinary people. And since only a few cities have such fast Internet access, tech companies aren’t clamoring to build things for Fiber. So it has fallen to locals — academics, residents, programmers and small-business owners — to make the best of it.
“I wish there was one thing where I could be like ‘Dude, get ready, this thing is going to blow your mind,’ ” said Matthew Marcus, co-founder of the Kansas City Startup Village, a network of companies clustered around State Line Road, which divides Kansas City, Kan., from Kansas City, Mo. “But there isn’t yet.”