Prairie Village Gives Google Fiber the Green Light

Google Set to Extend Network Reach in Kansas
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Google Fiber’s clustering strategy in the Kansas City area pushed ahead Monday night, as the City Council of Prairie Village, Kan., cleared the way for Google to build out its 1-Gig network there.

Google hasn’t pinpointed a deployment timeframe for Prairie Village, but it’s the latest town to give the green light to Google Fiber since it first agreed to bring its broadband and video combo to Kansas City, Kan., in March 2011. Google Fiber began to connect customers in Kansas City, Kan., in November 2012.

Prairie Village represents a small tuck-in win for Google Fiber. The town has a population of 21,769 and about 10,227, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

In addition to the Kansas Cities, Google Fiber has also franchise deals the nearby communities of  Mission, Shawnee, and Olathe, Kan.; and Lee’s Summit,  Gladstone, and Grandview, Mo.

Elsewhere, Google Fiber plans to start connecting homes in Austin, Texas, by mid-2014. Last month, Google Fiber closed its deal to acquire and upgrade the iProvo fiber network from Provo, Utah.