Northeast Joco

Roeland Park authorizes Google Fiber service

Updated: 2013-09-04T04:38:50Z

Roeland Park is the latest area municipality to endorse bringing Google Fiber to its residents.

The City Council on Tuesday night approved an agreement authorizing the company to connect fiberoptic lines directly to homes. However, no timeline has been set on when Google’s high-speed Internet and TV service would be available.

Google, which announced in March 2011 that it was coming to the Kansas City area, promises upload and download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is about 100 times as fast as most Americans can purchase for their homes.

In a news release, Roeland Park said the city will receive a 5 percent franchise fee from Google, similar to the rate received from other utility providers.

Last month, the Merriam City Council approved a deal to bring Google Fiber to its residents.

| Glenn E. Rice, grice@kcstar.com

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