Google Fiber to expand service beyond Kansas City

Olathe, Kansas will be next city to get super-fast fiber network

Google is expanding its Google Fiber project, reaching out to offer the service in Olathe, Kansas, the fifth largest city in the state.

"Olathe has become one of the fastest-growing cities in Kansas and has attracted an influx of new businesses and residents," wrote Rachel Hack, community manager for Google Fiber, in a blog post. "They've all noticed what a great community Olathe is, and so have we. We think that Fiber and widespread Internet access will help to create jobs, grow local businesses, and make Olathe even stronger as it grows."

Early today, the Olathe City Council approved an agreement to enable Google Fiber to set up in the city.

The company in February 2010 unveiled plans to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the U.S.

Then late in 2012, Google began to connect homes in Kansas City, Kansas to its super-fast Google Fiber network. The installation then expanded to cover homes in Kansas City, Mo., as well.

Hack noted in his blog that it will be a little while before Google Fiber arrives in Olathe.

"We still have a lot of planning and engineering work to do before we're ready to bring Fiber to Olathe," he wrote. "Once we get those processes underway, we'll be able to announce more about pre-registration and construction timing. We'll be sure to publish an update as soon as we have it."

He added that Google's move into Olathe doesn't change the company's published construction schedule for eligible homes in Kansas City, Kan. and Central Kansas City, Mo.

And Hack noted that more cities in Kansas may get Google Fiber, as well.

"Hopefully, this is the first of several announcements that we'll be able to make about bringing Google Fiber to additional cities in the KC metro area; so stay tuned," he added.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at  @sgaudin, on Google+ or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed . Her email address is sgaudin@computerworld.com.

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