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To entice Google Inc. to build its ultra-high-speed fiber network there, Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., offered the Internet company sweeteners including several free or discounted city services. Now, Time Warner Cable Inc. and AT&T Inc., the incumbent Internet and TV providers in town, are angling to get the same deal.
Google Had Sweeteners For Kansas Fiber, Now Time Warner Cable Inc. and AT&T Inc. Want a Deal, Too [online.wsj.com]
Kansas City government officials also disagree. "Google has completely disrupted [Internet service] business models," says Rick Usher, assistant city manager of Kansas City, Mo. "Our citizens are more aware than ever before of what's available out there."
[edited by: TypicalSurfer at 10:35 pm (utc) on Oct 8, 2012]
Among the sweeteners granted Google by both cities are free office space and free power for Google's equipment, according to the agreement on file with the cities.
The company also gets the use of all the cities' "assets and infrastructure"—including fiber, buildings, land and computer tools, for no charge. Both cities are even providing Google a team of government employees "dedicated to the project."