Login

First major Google Fiber expansion announced, several more planned

via assets.sbnation.com

Google isn’t going far for the first major expansion of its Kansas City 1Gbps internet pilot project. Olathe, Kansas is only about 25 miles away, with a modest population of about 128,000. But while it will only be the third city to get the Google Fiber treatment (the first not named Kansas City), it sets an important precedent: Google is serious about expanding its service.

This is hopefully the first of several announcements

The Olathe city council approved Google’s proposal to provide internet and TV service in the area on Tuesday, but details about the actual timeframe for rolling it out are still up in the air. According to a post on the Google Fiber blog, this is hopefully the first of several announcements that the company will make about bringing the service to other cities "in the KC metro area."

Google Fiber customers pay $120 a month for gigabit internet and pay TV service or $70 a month for standalone internet, and the city of Olathe will collect five percent of Google’s gross receipts within its borders. But even though Google is expanding into new markets, that doesn't mean it's finished in Kansas City — fiber service went live on the Kansas side of the metropolitan area last year, but the Missouri side won’t see service start until later this spring.

The Verge
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.