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Google Fiber Tacks on Merriam, Kan.

Another K.C.-Area Town Says Yes 8/27/2013 3:34 PM Eastern

Another Monday evening council vote resulted in another franchise deal for Google Fiber.

The town of Merriam, Kan., has given Google the green light to build out a fiber network that will pump out 1-Gig broadband services alongside a subscription video offering.

Google Fiber has not announced when construction would begin in Merriam, a town with a population of about 11,174 and 5,224 housing units, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

Google Fiber has lit up services in only two “fiberhoods” (areas comprised of 250 to 1,500 homes) in Kansas: Hanover Heights and Dub’s Dread. At least 60 more in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan.,  are considered  by Google Fiber to be “in progress.”

Merriam is just the latest K.C.-area town to give Google Fiber the vote. Also on board are Leawood, Prairie Village, Mission, Shawnee, and Olathe, Kan.; and Lee’s Summit, Gladstone, and Grandview, Mo.

Elsewhere, 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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