Olathe OKs Google Fiber deal - CBS 5 - KPHO

Olathe OKs Google Fiber deal

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OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

The wait is over for Olathe residents who have been wondering if they'll get Google's ultra-high-speed internet services.

On Tuesday night, the City Council unanimously voted to approve an agreement with Google to deploy Google Fiber. The move makes Olathe the first major city in Johnson County to qualify for the high-speed, fiber-to-the-home network.

"We are excited to work in partnership with Google to bring this next-generation fiber optic system to Olathe homes, schools and businesses," Mayor Michael Copeland said in a written statement.

Google Fiber offers an internet connection speed 100 times faster than today's average broadband, paired with crystal clear, high definition TV.

As in area cities, Google will build the Olathe Google Fiber network by demand, meaning that determined "fiberhoods" will get Google Fiber service once pre-registration goals are met.

"Olathe residents have embraced innovation and technology like few others," Copeland said. "Our vibrant community spirit is truly second to none, and I'm pleased Google recognized this in choosing Olathe as the largest Johnson County city in which to invest thus far."

Copeland said that Olathe has always been a tech-savvy community and the Google partnership creates new possibilities for the future.

"Technology has influenced the way we live and work in Olathe," he said. "Tonight's announcement is about our future and the endless possibilities for Olathe students, businesses and entrepreneurs who will no doubt leverage this technology and connectivity to achieve things that are truly innovative and transformational."

Google Fiber is already being installed in neighborhoods in Kansas City, KS, and Kansas City, MO.

Copeland isn't sure when the network will be up and running, but the plan will be similar to KCK, in that neighborhoods will have to band together and get pre-registered to qualify.

The agreement calls for free service to various city owned buildings including the rapidly expanding school system, Copeland said.

"We have the second largest school district in the state with big demands for technology. This type of infrastructure with the internet super highway can make a big difference in the educational opportunities for our children," Copeland said.

For more about Google Fiber, including a map to track its status in Olathe, visit www.google.com/fiber.

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