Mission Hills and Fairway have joined the growing number of Kansas City suburbs that have cut deals that could bring Google’s Internet service to their residents.
The Kansas City Star
Like the other suburbs, installation of Google Fiber’s lines in the two Johnson County cities could easily be years away. Google has yet to offer its service to roughly half of Kansas City, even as it has piled up agreements with more than a dozen outlying suburbs to fill out the market.
Most notably, however, Google has not yet reached terms with Overland Park or Independence, the market’s two largest suburbs.
On Monday, Google announced that the city councils in Mission Hills and Fairway had approved deals allowing the company to expand its network into the municipalities and ultimately sell its ultra-fast Internet hookups and bundled TV service.
Earlier this month, Google got the go-ahead to expand to Roeland Park.
Google announced in March 2011 that it was coming to the Kansas City market, trumpeting upload and download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, about 100 times as fast as what most Americans can purchase for their homes.
Cities have typically negotiated a 5 percent franchise fee from the service along with free service to many public buildings. In return, Google usually gets assurances of expedited permits for construction.