Other News: Relocating Silicon Valley

Louis Trigg

Kansas City residents seeking a career with information technology may be advised to stay put.

According to a survey by The Wall Street Journal, Kansas City is where the innovative action will take place.

Thanks to Sprint Nextel, Cerner and Google, the city has enjoyed an influx of specialized jobs in recent years, in spite of the overall jobs market.

However, the report touts the 5 percent growth rate of tech firms attributed to smaller firms, effectively “trumping the growth rates of well-known hubs like Silicon Valley, Boston and Austin, Texas, according to a 2010 study published by the TechAmerica Foundation.”

Relatively cheaper cost-of-living provides an incentive for out-of-state firms looking to relocate their employees and expand job openings.

Earlier this year, Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kan. were selected as test sites for Google Fiber, a high-speed Internet service.

Announcing Google’s decision, Milo Medin, Vice President of Access Services, said “We can’t wait to see what new products and services will emerge as Kansas City moves from traditional broadband to ultra high-speed fiber optic connections.”

Recently, Google released a beta version of its widely celebrated fiber network in Stanford’s residential area, free throughout the next year. Users of the experimental network have already reported download speeds of more than 150Mbps and upload speeds of more than 90Mbps, via Google’s Reddit.

Though once completed and launched within the Kansas City metro area, the network is expected to deliver download speeds of up to 1Gb ps.

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