Although it's usually overshadowed by its much larger sister city, Kansas City, Kan., beat out more than 1,100 cities to host Google's next-generation Internet service. Google promises 100 times the speed of today's broadband Internet.
This young tech weds the ease of Wi-Fi and the range of cellphone towers.
Bringing Internet openness to the closed wireless world is bold but difficult, analysts say.
Big-city wireless Internet plans took a hit this summer, but places like Owensboro, Ky., and Rio Rancho, N.M., put networks in place.