Lewis Diuguid

October 25, 2013

Google doesn’t put up with Overland Park’s usual antics

Overland Park as one of the fastest growing cities might be the only one in the metro area without the fastest Internet service. When the city was ready to go ahead, Google had decided Overland Park wasn’t worth the wait.

Overland Park has gotten its way in the past, forcing design changes in big box stores and fast-food restaurant outlets — things that previously seemed unthinkable for franchises.

But the national companies wanted to be in one of the hottest retail markets in the region so they complied with the city’s demands. Google, on the other hand, decided to take its high-speed Fiber service elsewhere.

The Overland Park City Council at a September meeting hesitated to jump like other cities in the metro area have at Google’s offer, worrying over an indemnification contract clause that might leave the city with a repair bill for damage involving the construction, The Kansas City Star reports. When the city was ready to go ahead, Google had decided Overland Park wasn’t worth the wait.

So, one of the fastest growing cities in the metro area could be the only one without the fastest Internet service. That should make people who call Overland Park home very happy.

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