Google Fiber approved for expansion

Google Fiber approved for expansion

Summary: Google's high-speed Internet service is ready to go in a second location.

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Lucky residents of Olathe in Kansas will have the opportunity to sign up for Google's coveted Fiber Internet service.

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Current Google Fiber locations. Credit: Google

With up to one gigabit in upload and download speed, Google touts the service as a connection speed "up to a hundred times faster" than today's broadband. On Tuesday, the tech giant announced that residents of Olathe, Kansas will be joining those in Kansas City eligible for Google Fiber, minutes after the local council approved the plans.

Dubbed the "Silicon Prairie" those in Olathe will gain access to the Internet service in the future, although the firm says that "a lot of planning and engineering work" has to be completed first.

Google says that by expanding into Olathe, widespread Internet access will help "to create jobs and grow local businesses," and as one of cities in Kansas which is most quickly growing, it may help attract more businesses and residents. Although no service or engineering timeline is yet in place, the tech giant plans to publish these details once construction is underway.

Google hopes to bring its Fiber service to Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods, Kan. in the near future.

For those of us outside of Kansas, there may still be hope. In January, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) called upon the U.S. government and Internet service providers to ramp up efforts to provide gigabit Ethernet speeds in at least one community in each state by 2015. The FCC believes that ultra-fast broadband could help breed innovation and boost local economies.

Topics: Google, Fiber

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  • Speed...

    If I had internet speeds that an average American complains about, I'd consider myself incredibly lucky.
    Naryan
    • Then move to an area where it's offered

      And stop being a lazy do-nothing parasite, expecting government or its corporate lobbyist owners to give you a free ride.

      Note the sarcasm, which is multi-faceted, but some people will take it as being literal truth...
      HypnoToad72
  • Speed...

    If I had internet speeds that an average American complains about, I'd consider myself incredibly lucky.
    Naryan
    • Huh?

      Most people in the U.S. complain about the speeds because we see what other countries are now getting.
      cmwade1977
      • ??

        Understanding and appreciating nothing!
        oldvices@...
      • Naryan

        ...probably lives in a real backwater.
        giantslor
        • Misunderstanding

          I'm pretty sure what he means is that other countries have faster internet compared to the US, which is why he would complain.

          It wouldn't make any sense if it was the other way around...
          NathanNguyen
      • And the cost...

        do not forget the cost...


        being gouged is cool.
        HypnoToad72
  • Strap on a jetpack Google

    There are people all over who want your network!
    symbolset
  • FCC

    It's not enough to say that ISPs need to provide gigabit Ethernet speeds in at least one community in each state by 2015. Google is providing symmetrical gigabit for $70/month. The other national ISPs will offer gigabit for $1000/month, which is as good as not offering it at all, and yet meet the FCC guideline.
    Mace Moneta