Google Fiber Springs Into Action

Service Provider Sets More Sign-Up Deadlines as it Preps Kansas City Expansions
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With winter behind it and spring in the air, Google Fiber is gearing up to extend its broadband and video service packages to almost two dozen "fiberhoods" in Kansas City, Mo.; and Kansas City, Kan.  

Google Fiber has announced the deadline for prospective customers in those areas to sign up for services, which include its $70 per month 1 Gig broadband offering and a $120 per month  broadband/IPTV bundle. It's also pitching a free 5 Meg broadband tier, so long as users pay a one-time $300 construction fee.

For the spring, The ISP has set deadlines for 18 fiberhoods on the Kansas side, with customers in four areas – Plaza at Speedway, Stony Point, Melrose and Rainbow Ridge – having until May 30 to make their service selections, before wrapping up spring sign ups on June 20.  In Missouri, Google Fiber has pegged May 23 sign up deadlines for the Wornall Homestead and Crossroads fiberhoods.

The installation process is already underway in  four fiberhoods in Missouri (Crown Center, Midtown,  Sunset Hill and South Plaza West;  and in seven areas in Kansas (Hanover Heights, Dub’s Dread, Piper Schools, Delaware Ridge,  Painted Hills, Open Door,  and Arrowhead).

Google Fiber has not announced how many customers have signed up for services, but  the ISP is expected to pass about 149,000 homes in its first-phase build in the Kansas Cities, where it will tangle primarily with Time Warner Cable and AT&T, according to ISI Group.

Google Fiber added Olathe, Kan., where Comcast is the incumbent cable operator, to its expansion targets last month.  Last week, it announced that it will bring 1 Gig speeds to Austin, Texas, in mid-2014.