Google Fiber Expands Its Kansas City Cluster

Leawood, Kan., The Latest to Give Google Fiber the Green Light

Google Fiber’s cluster in Kansas City, Kan., will expand a bit after the city of Leawood agreed Monday to clear the company to build out its fiber-to-the-home network and tee up its bundle of 1 Gbps broadband services and a pay-TV offering.

As has been the case with recently signed franchise deals in the area, Google Fiber has yet to establish a buildout schedule for Leawood, a town with a population of 32,539 and 12,384 housing units, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Following its original franchise deals with Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., Google Fiber has been notching in other agreements that will help it cluster its network. Other nearby cities and towns that are on board with the Google Fiber program are: Prairie Village, Mission, Shawnee, and Olathe, Kan.; and Lee’s Summit, Gladstone, and Grandview, Mo. Depending on the area, Google Fiber will be locking horns with incumbent providers such as AT&T, Time Warner Cable, SureWest Communications, and Comcast.

At last check, Google Fiber has lit up services in two “fiberhoods” (areas comprised of 250 to 1,500 homes) in Kansas: Hanover Heights and Dub’s Dread. However, another 61 are currently considered to be “in progress.”

Outside of Kansas City, Google Fiber recently announced pricing in Provo, Utah, where it will be upgrading and expanding the buidlout of the original iProvo network. Google Fiber is expected to start connecting homes in Austin, Texas, by mid-2014.