Google starts prep work on Kansas City FTTH network

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has begun the early planning and engineering work to break ground on its Fiber to the Home (FTTH) projects in Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kansas.

"There's still a lot of work to do before we can offer ultra high-speed broadband to Kansas City in early 2012," Kevin Lo, Google General Manager, said in a blog post this week about the project. "The detail engineering phase will help us gather the geographical information we need to build the Google Fiber network later this year."

The Internet search giant continues to make progress with its FTTH project.

Last week, Google began offering its 1 Gbps service to Stanford University residents. Consumers can either pay $250 if partner Sonic.net installs the service or $50 if they install it themselves.   

Stanford is being used as a blueprint of best practices Google can apply in its Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kansas buildouts that are likely to get underway at the end of this year.  

For more:
- see the Google Fiber Blog post

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