New survey of best U.S. cities for starting an online business ranks Kansas City at the top

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A new survey of the five most tech-friendly cities in the United States to launch an online business ranks Kansas City at the top of the list.

, a consumer-oriented website that compares Internet provider services, placed Kansas City ahead of Atlanta, Austin, Texas, Charlotte, N.C., and New York City for web connectivity.

The website said it weighed several factors in its evaluation, including Internet access, tech venture development, tax incentives, available workforce, cost of living, population growth and education level among residents.

Kansas City stood out thanks to the massive rollout of Google Fiber high-speed Internet services throughout much of the metropolitan area. The survey noted that Kansas City “is one of just a handful throughout the U.S. that will receive free, gigabit Internet.”

In addition, Kansas City is attractive to start-ups because of Launch KC. The city-supported program, launched in 2012, aims to attract more entrepreneurs to the downtown area with incentives such as equipment subsidies and cheaper office space.

Area companies also are donating office space to small ventures, the survey noted.

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