There's another clear takeaway, and it's that Google Fiber is the latest remedy for Kansas Citians' obsession with the phrase, "cowtown." The stockyards in the West Bottoms have been shuttered for two decades, but the bovine moniker is proving harder to retire. It either makes for good copy or it's a verbal manifestation of a citywide inferiority complex.
Yes, we were once in the stockyard business. And, sure, there are strip steaks across the world that use our city as shorthand. But the reality is that the only cows that are walking the streets of Kansas City these days are in mascot uniforms, and they're shilling local baseball or chicken sandwiches.
While the BBC team was diligent in attempting to learn the potential uses or initiatives arising because of Google Fiber, it's a story that can't be written yet. Because in many ways, it is the story of the Internet. The Web is used for dramatically different purposes by very different people, in ways that outstrip current legislation and challenge what we think about free speech. It's that potential, coupled with access to information and entertainment, that has made the worldwide Web such an integral part of our society.
We're only going to get more connected, but the beauty is that nobody can foresee exactly how we'll be connected. In Kansas City, though, we do know that our connection is going to be a hell of a lot faster than yours.