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Toto, I’ve a Feeling We’re Still In Kansas (or Missouri)

Google brought its high-speed internet to Kansas City. That didn’t make the area a tech hub | “We’re scratching our heads a little bit”

Soon after Google Fiber came to the Kansas City area, so did Brandon Schatz. In late 2012 a house on the Kansas side of the border with Missouri—there’s a Kansas City in each state—became the first in the area wired for the company’s superfast internet service. Less than two months after he heard of it, Schatz moved 165 miles to Kansas from Springfield, Mo.

The gigabit fiber promised Schatz an easier time uploading photos of amateur sporting events to his nascent website. Officials and business boosters were hoping an abundance of startup types like Schatz, drawn by the fiber network, would help turn the region into a tech hub, attracting deep-pocketed venture capitalists and talented employees.

Things haven’t worked out that way. Schatz’s company, SportsPhotos.com, is growing,

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