One year ago, Google ventured to the midwest with plans to put small startups and businesses on the map. Google enabled Kansas City, Mo. with their fiber-optic network and then waited — and it seems Google’s concept has paid off.
Midwest startups like RareWire, have thrived off the extra-high speed connection that Google Fiber has offered and in turn, opened up an entire new network for those startups.
“It’s made the city and entrepreneurs realize there’s a great opportunity in front of them,” RareWire’s cofounder and president Kirk Hasenzahl tells Forbes.
RareWire, an apps platform that works across all iOS and Android equally, began with a profitable idea. But it was Google Fiber’s ability to bring broadband to an exponentially higher number of homes and businesses in the area that allowed RareWire to reinvest their funds into a second business — an App Creation Studio.
“With higher speeds comes the next wave of applications,” a Google spokesman tells Forbes.
Though startups might be benefiting from Google Fiber, other Internet service providers like AT&T and Time Warner seem concerned that the tech-giant isn’t maintaining a fair playing field, and their services are taking the hit.
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