Google will be expanding their Internet services to Olathe, Kansas, a suburb that has a population of around 125,000 residents. This is the first expansion of Google Fiber outside of Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. Google Fiber is an Internet and video service that competes with local cable and DSL companies to offer broadband services.
Google said that the Olathe city council approved of the company’s proposed roll-out, but there are currently no details available about when it would officially launch. Google will offer the service in other locations going forward.
“Hopefully, this is the first of several announcements that we’ll be able to make about bringing Google Fiber to additional cities in the KC metro area; so stay tuned,” stated Google Fiber community manager Rachel Hack on the Google Fiber Blog.
The city will receive a 5% franchise fee on gross revenue that is generated by Google. Google charges residents in Kansas City $120 per month for high-speed Internet and high-definition TV. This includes DVR storage to record 500 hours of shows. High speed Internet costs only $70 per month, which includes online file-storage space.
Google Fiber runs at around 5 megabits per second to any resident located in a neighborhood that gets access to the Google Fiber service. Users of the free service will pay a one-time $300 fee.