Google Fiber and KC: A Complicated Pair


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What began as a 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.

In a recent segment of KCUR-FM’s Up to Date, Stephen Steigman talked with Whitney Terrell, Writer-in-Residence at UMKC, who wrote a piece in the current issue of Harper’s critical of Google’s procedures. Kansas City, Missouri, City Councilwoman Cindy Circo also weighed in.

Whitney Terrell is the New Letters Writer-in-Residence at UMKC. His first novel, “The Huntsman” (Viking), was a New York Times notable book and was selected as a best book of 2001 by The Kansas City Star and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His second novel, “The King of Kings County” (Viking), won the William Rockhill Nelson award from The Kansas City Star and was selected as a best book of 2005 by the Christian Science Monitor. He was the Hodder Fellow in fiction at Princeton University for 2008-2009.

A small business owner, Councilwoman Cindy Circo helped bring the Google Ultra High-Speed Fiber Optics project to Kansas City, a success story she says ranks among her most significant accomplishments in business and in government.

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