September 17, 2013

Google Fiber deal clears in Lenexa, still stalled in Overland Park

Overland Park has hesitated to endorse an agreement bringing Google Fiber to the city. Lenexa, meantime, approved an agreement Tuesday with the company that plans to sell ultra-fast Internet and TV subscriptions across the Kansas City market.

The Overland Park City Council, concerned about liability issues in a tentative agreement, has put off for a month any endorsement of a deal with Google Fiber.

Google Inc. had negotiated an agreement with city representatives that appeared to add Overland Park, the largest city in the Kansas City market where it’s yet to ink a deal, to the places it plans to sell ultra-fast Internet and TV subscriptions.

But council members balked at their meeting Monday night after a wide-ranging discussion about the deal played out, mostly about liability issues.

Meantime, the Lenexa City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement that clears the way for Google to sell the Internet and TV service. So far, only in Overland Park has a tentative deal not been passed by a city council on its first hearing.

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