Many fine California city proposals for the Google Fiber project were ultimately passed over in part because of the regulatory complexity here brought about by CEQA [California Environmental Quality Act] and other rules. Other states have equivalent processes in place to protect the environment without causing such harm to business processes, and therefore create incentives for new services to be deployed there instead.
Once upon a time, California was the Early Adopter state, quite literally the home of Tomorrowland. Now its own tech giants are telling it that states like Kansas and Texas are better places to build the experimental new infostructure of the future.[Cables image courtesy of Shutterstock]