I recall... ...similar comments about Tampa as GTE, now Verizon, built their first fiber network over TWC. It was said that GTE would get a lot of TWC's bad debt cut-offs and TWC's former (implied "unproductive or problem") employees. The sentiment was the overbuilder would therefore have limited success and eventually go away. As we're all aware with the development of FiOS in the 15 years since, the more products that are offered to consumers (subs), the more viable overbuilds have become.
I will not be surprised if KC is Google's version of TWC's Maitland, a product incubator. I anticipate a Google roll-out of market-wide paid/discounted wireless network access that dents metro cell phone data plans. If so, where will cable/telecom be in another 15 years?