Google has been hinting at plans to expand its Google Fiber broadband service for months. Back in December Eric Schmidt said the company was trying to decide where to go next. In January, Schmidt and CEO Larry Page and CFO Patrick Pichette again talked about the possibility of expanding the experimental broadband service beyond Kansas City testbed. Yesterday, Google announced that it would be rolling out Google Fiber to Olathe, Kansas.
"A few minutes ago, the Olathe City Council approved an agreement to bring Google Fiber to their city. Olathe has become one of the fastest-growing cities in Kansas and has attracted an influx of new businesses and residents," Google said in a blog post. "They’ve all noticed what a great community Olathe is, and so have we. We think that Fiber and widespread Internet access will help to create jobs, grow local businesses, and make Olathe even stronger as it grows."
Obviously, with the agreement only approved yesterday, there's still a long way to go before the residents of Olathe see any Google Fiber action. The search giant says that once it gets the planning and engineering work underway, it will announce details of construction and pre-registration.