Google Fiber names Gladstone, Mo. as its next FTTP destination

Google Fiber (Nasdaq: GOOG) has added Gladstone, Mo., as the latest municipality in the Kansas City area to get its 1 Gbps fiber to the premises service.

On Monday, the Gladstone city council voted to bring fiber to their city.

Similar to other newly announced markets in Kansas City, the Internet giant has not provided a specific timeline on when it will actually begin building out the network or offer services.

"As we've said before, it takes a while to plan, engineer, and start building our network in new communities, so it will still be some time before we can hook up our Gladstone customers," wrote Rachel Hack, community manager for Google Fiber, in a blog post.

In Gladstone, Google Fiber will take on both AT&T (NYSE: T) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), which offer broadband speeds of up to 25 and 100 Mbps, respectively. 

The past two months have been busy for Google. Its proposed entry into Gladstone comes only days after it named Shawnee, Kansas as its latest target market.

Outside of Kansas City, Google Fiber announced in April that it would bring the service to Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah.

Although it has yet to actually begin offering services in either Austin or Provo, Google Fiber's presence is having an effect on the area's incumbent telcos, particularly AT&T and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL).

A few hours after Google Fiber announced its intent to bring FTTP to Austin, AT&T announced that it too would offer a 1 Gbps FTTP service. However, Bill Smith, president of AT&T Network Operations, said during a financial conference last week that it already had a 1 Gbps service offering on its roadmap.

Meanwhile, CenturyLink, in addition to protesting Provo's sale of the iProvo network to Google, announced that it would begin a 1 Gbps FTTP trial in Omaha, Neb.  

For more:
- see this blog post

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