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Google to Offer Google Fiber Internet in Olathe, Kansas

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.

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  • falchard
    Can you imagine the utility lines with google? 3 bare black utility lines, and a line at the bottom with 13 ads per span.
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  • daswilhelm
    and the 6 people who live there rejoice!
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  • internetlad
    falchardCan you imagine the utility lines with google? 3 bare black utility lines, and a line at the bottom with 13 ads per span.dohoho.


    Is the Google Fiber a free or paid service? Not to sound paranoid, but the basic way google makes it's money is (as noted above) ad revenue and by selling information to ad companies. Where are the profit margins on Fiber if it's free?
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  • COLGeek
    Not exactly the Wizard of Oz's Kansas anymore....People with ruby red slippers rejoice!
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  • borisof007
    internetladdohoho.Is the Google Fiber a free or paid service? Not to sound paranoid, but the basic way google makes it's money is (as noted above) ad revenue and by selling information to ad companies. Where are the profit margins on Fiber if it's free?
    They have both a basic free internet service and their 1gb internet service, they also offer an internet/tv combo which is pretty awesome too.

    I wish this was more widespread, but, baby steps first.
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  • mobrocket
    plus as google adds fiber, they give the schools in that area free fiber and computers

    which is pretty neat
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  • helldog3105
    Actually daswilhelm Olathe is a fairly large suburb of Kansas City with an approximate population of 130,000. I live in Olathe, and I can tell you that it isn't a small community of just 6 people. It's not the best place to live in the area but it isn't as bad as, say the Wyandotte County area has been. We'll see how this goes, as I don't have much faith in Google as an internet service provider. It probably won't ever reach me. Surewest stopped literally 3 blocks from my street. Jerks... Comcast has a stranglehold on the town and charges ludicrous pricing for their services. Internet without the speed boost is 74.99 a month through them for 18Mbps speed. Uverse is 44.99 for the same, but there are line issues in our neighborhood and we lose service for 2-3 hours a day. Which is unfeasible for me as I do remote desktop support.
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  • daswilhelm
    10534028 said:
    Actually daswilhelm Olathe is a fairly large suburb of Kansas City with an approximate population of 130,000. I live in Olathe, and I can tell you that it isn't a small community of just 6 people. It's not the best place to live in the area but it isn't as bad as, say the Wyandotte County area has been. We'll see how this goes, as I don't have much faith in Google as an internet service provider. It probably won't ever reach me. Surewest stopped literally 3 blocks from my street. Jerks... Comcast has a stranglehold on the town and charges ludicrous pricing for their services. Internet without the speed boost is 74.99 a month through them for 18Mbps speed. Uverse is 44.99 for the same, but there are line issues in our neighborhood and we lose service for 2-3 hours a day. Which is unfeasible for me as I do remote desktop support.


    i was being facetious.
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  • thecolorblue
    100% of your network traffic activity recorded & databased by Google

    the price is way too high at "free" with spying all the time.
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  • puddleglum
    Expanding already? How much of Kansas City do they have connected so far? I thought they only started. It can't be more than 10%. Are they going to skip the less affluent areas as has become the norm? Welcome to the ISP world.
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