UPDATE II, from the Google blog (same link as below): "Update 4:15PM: We’ve heard from some communities that they’re disappointed not to have been selected for our initial build. So just to reiterate what I've said many times in interviews: we're so thrilled by the interest we've generated—today is the start, not the end the project. And over the coming months, we'll be talking to other interested cities about the possibility of us bringing ultra high-speed broadband to their communities."
UPDATE: Kansas City, Kansas is the smaller KC -- population a little more than half of GSO, with population density much lower than ours. The huge (2009 assets: $1.75 billion) Kauffman Foundation, headquartered across the river in the big KC, includes "innovation" among its core interests; CEO Carl Schramm says the foundation is "enthusiastically supportive of Google’s initiative," and Google says it will be "working closely" with Kauffman and the University of Kansas Medical Center.
After a careful review, today we’re very happy to announce that we will build our ultra high-speed network in Kansas City, Kansas. We’ve signed a development agreement with the city, and we’ll be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a next-generation web experience to the community.
Too bad, but from my limited view a reasonable decision.
Let's get Bob Page to spearhead our own effort.