Merriam makes a deal for Google Fiber

The Kansas City Star

The Merriam City Council has approved a deal that will bring Google Fiber to town.

A deal clearing the way for Google to expand its Internet access service to Merriam, with fiber-optic lines directly to homes, was passed by the City Council on Monday night.

But it could be years before Merriam residents can buy service from Google, which promises upload and download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. That’s roughly 100 times as fast as most Americans can purchase for their homes. Google first announced it was coming to Kansas City more than two years ago, and it has yet to offer service to large sections of Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan.

The company’s construction schedule has fallen well behind its initial predictions. Consequently, it has shied away from saying when particular neighborhoods or cities might see live lines hooked up to homes.

Merriam becomes the 17th city in the Kansas City market to come to terms with Google for the construction of a fiber-based network.

“We want to hook up Merriam residents as soon as possible, but we still need to plan our network and start construction before we can start installations,” the company said in a blog post. “We’ll let you know when we’re ready to open signups here on our blog and via social media.”

While the company is promising service to a continually growing section of the Kansas City market, it has yet to reach terms in some larger suburbs, notably Independence and Overland Park.