Google Fiber names Mission Hills and Fairway, Kan. as its new FTTH destinations
Google Fiber (Nasdaq: GOOG) has made Mission Hills and Fairway, Kan. as the latest targets for its ambitious 1 Gbps-capable Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network buildout. Both city councils approved the service provider's proposal to bring services to their cities on Monday night.
Google did not give a timeline as to when it would begin offering service, as it now has to start taking the necessary steps to begin building out the FTTH network in each city.
"We'll start planning our network in these new cities ASAP and we'll make another announcement once we're ready to start customer signups," said Rachel Hack, Google Fiber Community Manager, in a blog post.
In addition to announcing both of these two new cities, last Wednesday Google Fiber said it was preparing to launch its broadband Internet and TV service in 44 neighborhoods in Kansas and Missouri. At that time it also won approval from the Roeland Park, Kan. city council to bring service to their community.
As in other areas of Kansas where Google has announced plans to bring its 1 Gpbs service, it will again face off against both AT&T (NYSE: T) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), which comparatively can deliver broadband speeds of 10-25 Mbps and over 100 Mbps, respectively.
AT&T, via its Project VIP initiative, invested $110 million in its wireline and wireless networks in Kansas during the in the first six months of this year to extend its U-verse TV and data services to more than 10,000 new customer locations. And although it began offering a 45/5 Mbps broadband offering in 40 markets, it has not announced Kansas yet.
- see Google Fiber's blog post
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