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.
But when Google announced it would build its first fiber-optic cable network in the Kansas City area, the idea of a gigabit internet, and its possibilities sparked a bi-state drive to take full advantage of the new resource.
On KCUR’s news program KC Currents, we checked out some places where digital life is blooming in Kansas City, like the weekly entrepreneur meetup One Million Cups and the Kansas City Startup Village. We also visited some communities that are far from being fully connected.
And with our guests and callers, we asked the question: How far has Kansas City come as a tech town?