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Google Fiber to Roll Into Roeland Park

Updated Buildout Plan Also Shows that ISP Has Connected Eight New ‘Fiberhoods’ in K.C. Area 9/04/2013 8:01 AM Eastern

Another city council meeting has yielded yet another franchise deal for Google Fiber.

The city of Roeland Park, Kan., on Tuesday gave Google Fiber the green light to build out a network capable of delivering its 1 Gbps broadband service and a pay-TV service bundle that Google has been pitching for $120 per month. Google Fiber also offers a free 5 Mbps download by 1 Mbps upload tier to customers that agree to pay a $300 construction fee.

As has been the story with recent franchise wins in the Kansas City area, Google Fiber said on its blog that it does not yet have an estimation on when the buildout in Roeland Park will begin. Google Fiber has set up a web site where prospective customers can sign up for e-mail updates.

Roeland Park, a city with about 6,731 people and 3,065 homes, according to U.S. Census Bureau data,  represents another tuck-in win for Google Fiber.

Last week, the town of Merriam, Kan., approved Google Fiber. Leawood, Prairie Village, Mission, Shawnee, and Olathe, Kan.; and Lee’s Summit, Gladstone, and Grandview, Mo., have also inked franchise deals with Google Fiber. Depending on the area, Google Fiber will face off with incumbent service providers such as AT&T, Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Surewest Communications.

Among other new developments, Google Fiber has recently connected six more “fiberhoods” in Kansas (Piper Schools, Delaware Ridge, Open Door, Plaza at Speedway, Stony Point, and Melrose), as well as the first two in Missouri (Greenway Fields and Wornall Homestead), according to an updated build out schedule.

Hanover Heights and Dub’s Dread in Kansas were the first two fiberhoods  to get connected to Google Fiber services. Deployments in dozens more fiberhoods (areas comprised of 250 to 1,500 homes)  in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., are “in progress.”

Google Fiber also announced Wednesday that customers in 44 additional fiberhoods in Kansas and Missouri can now choose their service plans.

Outside of K.C., Google Fiber is preparing to launch services on the iProvo network in Provo, Utah, later this year, and to start connecting homes in Austin, Texas, by mid-2014.

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