Google Fiber moving to suburbs

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Fiber is breaking free of the city--or in this case, the twin cities of Kansas City--and moving on out to the suburbs of Olathe, Kan.

Word from Google is that the suburb of 125,000 has approved the company's service roll-out proposal and is now lined up to get the gigabit broadband-plus-TV offer sometime in the future, although Google has not announced launch specifics.

"We still have a lot of planning and engineering work to do before we're ready to bring Fiber to Olathe," blogged Google Fiber Community Manager Rachel Hack. "Once we get those processes underway, we'll be able to announce more about pre-registration and construction timing."

If Google follows the pattern it established in K.C., Olathe residents will be offered packages that include a top-end deal of gigabit speeds and fiber TV for $120 per month; a $70 per month 1 gig broadband service; and free, but limited-time, 5 Mbps down/1 Mbps up Internet access.

Olathe is a good place to grow, added Hack, calling it "one of the fastest-growing cities in Kansas [that] has attracted an influx of new businesses and residents. We think that Fiber and widespread Internet access will help to create jobs, grow local businesses, and make Olathe even stronger as it grows."

For more:
- Google Fiber posted this blog

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