Grandview Gives Google Fiber the Green Light

Approval Will Help Google Expand its Reach in Southern Pocket of Kansas City, Mo. 5/08/2013 2:56 AM Eastern

Another Kansas City-area community has given the thumbs up to Google Fiber and its 1 Gig network.

The Grandview, Mo., board of Aldermen voted in favor of bringing Google Fiber to the community Tuesday night, Google Fiber announced on its blog. The approval sets the stage for Google Fiber to expand its network and bundle of broadband and IPTV services to a larger portion of southern Kansas City.  Grandview has a population of 24,555 and 11,070 housing units, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

But Grandview residents will need to cool their heels for a bit. “It will still be a while before we can build Fiber in Grandview – we need to plan and engineer our network there first,” Google Fiber community manager Rachel Hack wrote, but did not provide an anticipated deployment timeframe.

The approval comes just days after another nearby town, Shawnee, Kan., voted to bring in Google Fiber. The budding overbuilder has also obtained approval to expand in Olathe, Kan. Outside of the Kansas City area, Google Fiber also has a deal to build in Austin, Texas, and has an agreement to take over the iProvo fiber network in Provo, Utah.

Depending on the part of the Kansas City market, Google Fiber is now poised to tangle with several area incumbent providers, including AT&T, Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Surewest Communications.

According to a recent door-to-door survey of 204 residents of Kansas City, Bernstein Research found that 52% would “definitely or probably” buy Google Fiber, while another 25% said they may purchase the service. Only 19% said they definitely  or probably wouldn’t buy services from Google Fiber.


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