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Google Fiber Expanding Outside of Kansas City

March 20, 2013

By Paul Thomson :: 11:26 AM

Google expanding fiber Internet network.Google’s fiber optic super high-speed internet service, Google Fiber, will soon be expanding outside of its initial test city of Kansas City to nearby Olathe, Kansas, the fifth largest city in the state with a population of about 125,000.

Yesterday, Olathe’s city council voted to approve a resolution that brings the fiber optic service into the city, setting plans in place for Google to roll out the design and engineering phase of the gigabit Internet service.

There is much planning work that needs to be done before Olathe will be online, but Google will release details about network construction and how residents can register for the service soon.

The company released the following statement about the expansion of Fiber to the city, “Olathe has become one of the fastest-growing cities in Kansas and has attracted an influx of new businesses and residents. They’ve all noticed what a great community Olathe is, and so have we.”

In November, Google began connecting residents and businesses in Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri to the high-speed network. Google’s Fiber service Internet connections speeds that are up to 100 times faster than what most U.S. homes have today, and Google is the fastest Internet service provider in the country, according to statistics compiled by Netflix last month.