Officials from AT&T gathered with business and civic leaders from Kansas City’s Northland today to announce that the new Northland Innovation Campus had been certified as being AT&T Fiber Ready. The center, a collaboration involving the city of Gladstone, the North Kansas City School District and Northwest Missouri State University, is at 6889 N. Oak Trafficway.
“AT&T is investing in high-speed Internet in urban and rural areas all across Missouri, and we are proud to highlight the Northland Innovation Campus as one of many places where AT&T’s fiber infrastructure is in place and ready to help local businesses connect, innovate and drive job creation,” said John Sondag, president of AT&T Missouri. “Positive, pro-business policies embraced by Missouri’s state and local elected officials continue to make our state a great place to invest.”
The project emphasizes the role that connectivity plays in business today, said officials who turned out for the announcement.
“Businesses increasingly rely on technology to grow their business and stay connected to their customers,” said State Sen. Ryan Silvey, a Republican from Kansas City. “AT&T’s Fiber Ready effort is a great example of the company’s commitment to Missouri and demonstrates that Gladstone is a great place to do business.”
The center becomes part of a fiber network that, since 2012, has added 1 million business customer locations nationwide, nearly 29,500 of them in Missouri. That system provides bandwidth required for data-intensive applications such as video, collaboration, cloud services, all drawing on platforms like ethernet, virtual private networking or AT&T proprietary services.
“We have no doubt that the fiber designation will help make the Northland Innovation Campus a preferred business location in Gladstone,” said Dan Carr, a principal with the CBC Real Estate Group.