Google Fiber is headed to Lee’s Summit

06/21/2013 6:22 PM

06/21/2013 6:22 PM

Lee’s Summit is the latest metro city to sign on for Google Fiber.

That makes it the ninth since the high-speed Internet service was first introduced to Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City.

“This is great news for our entire community,” Mayor Randy Rhoads of Lee’s Summit said in a news release. “We have been receiving telephone calls, e-mails and Facebook comments from eager residents asking when Google Fiber would be offered in our community.”

Thursday night, the Lee’s Summit City Council approved three agreements, which cover installation and operation of the fiber-optic network in the city. Google Fiber representatives and city officials have worked for weeks to reach these final agreements, according to the news release.

A post on Google Fiber’s blog said information was not yet available about when the service would be available to Lee’s Summit residents.

Lee’s Summit is the fifth city in Missouri to reach an agreement with Google Fiber. Raytown announced its deal last month.

Google Fiber plans to construct a high-speed broadband network that can transmit up to one gigabit of data per second, which is almost 100 times as fast as conventional home broadband.

City Manager Stephen Arbo of Lee’s Summit could not be reached for comment Friday but said in the news release that the Google agreement is an important step forward for both Google and the city.

“I think this speaks well of our commitment to offer quality services to our residents and open up new avenues for creativity and economic growth,” Arbo said.

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