Google Fiber is coming to Johnson County this year. A Google spokesperson says the company will open signups for part of Johnson County later this year. The Google Fiber site for Kansas City metro also now lists Johnson County as “Coming 2014.”
The Google map shows those parts of Johnson County where the company has secured agreements with cities to allow the service to be built. Notably, that does not include Overland Park. It does include all of northeast Johnson County (Leawood, Prairie Village, Fairway, Roeland Park, Mission, Mission Hills, Westwood, Westwood Hills, Mission Woods and Merriam) as well as Shawnee, Lenexa and Olathe.
Google previously said it will follow the fiberhood practice that it has used in building out Kansas City. That involves breaking down cities into neighborhood sections that must meet a pre-registration goal to make the fiberhood eligible to receive household service.
Agreements with most of the Johnson County communities were reached last year and approved by the city councils. Construction activity to bring the high speed Internet service to Johnson County began earlier this year and has been picking up speed in northeast Johnson County.
Contractors have been working in Roeland Park setting up the infrastructure and Mission has agreed to a location for a major equipment hut behind the Target building off Metcalf. The Mission council also was told that right of way construction will bring a backbone line west down Shawnee Mission Parkway and then north along Metcalf after crossing into Mission from Roeland Park