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Overland Park council to discuss Google Fiber at Monday night meeting

Updated: 2013-09-15T00:58:08Z

By JOE ROBERTSON

The Kansas City Star

Google Fiber’s speedy Internet service has been taking its time to get to Overland Park.

Monday night, the Overland Park City Council gets its first crack at debating a proposed agreement that would add the city to Google’s long list of Kansas City-area communities that have already reached deals.

“There’s no doubt we’ve had a lot of people inquiring about Google Fiber,” said Overland Park spokesman Sean Reilly.

The City Council is considering a 49-page proposed network cooperation and services agreement at its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Hall council chamber, 8500 Santa Fe Drive.

Since Google chose Kansas City two years ago as its first market for its Internet service, most of the metro area has reached agreements — with Overland Park and Independence notable cities unsigned.

Overland Park has maintained its interest in bringing Google Fiber ever since it was one of several cities vying to be the first market, Reilly said.

Overland Park residents currently can choose from AT&T, SureWest and Time Warner for Internet and cable service, he said. “And we’re always interested in Overland Park to have additional competition.”

Google intends to create a fiber network capable of speeds up to one gigabit per second and possibly a WiFi network. The agreement would give Google the opportunity, but not require that it deploy its networks.

The agreement also proposes that Google will make “commercially reasonable efforts” to provide free service in certain public facilities such as schools, libraries and community centers. But Google would not commit to a minimum number of free connections as it did in Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan.

The city staff is recommending the council approve the agreement, Reilly said.

Last week, the Mission Hills and Fairway city councils approved deals with Google.

To reach Joe Robertson, call 816-234-4789 or send email to jrobertson@kcstar.com.

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