The day that an impassioned group of Prairie Village residents has been waiting for appears to have finally arrived.
Prairie Village this afternoon released its packet for Monday’s City Council meeting, and included on the meeting agenda is the following item: “Consideration of a network services and cooperation agreement and related agreements with Google Fiber Kansas, LLC.”
City officials say they aren’t at liberty to discuss the details of the agreement until after it has been ratified by the council, so we’ll have to wait until early next week to get more on the specifics.
Suffice it to say, however, that this is likely to bring a smile to a lot of people’s faces.
A group of Prairie Village residents, frustrated by the lack of choices for cable and Internet service in the city, has lobbied strongly for Prairie Village’s inclusion in a future Google Fiber neighborhood rally since the announcement one year ago that Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods had cut the first agreement in Johnson County to bring the high-speed Internet and cable service into homes.
Following that announcement, Google cut deals with Olathe this March, with Shawnee in May, and most recently with Mission. (It has also announced agreements with several municipalities on the Missouri side of the state line). However, the company has yet to release details about when services are likely to be made available outside of the currently active Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., neighborhoods where Google Fiber launched.
Google currently offers three plans for its Fiber service: A Gigabit Internet and television package for $120 per month, a Gigabit Internet only package at $70 per month, or a Free Internet plan that provides typical broadband speeds for no monthly fee after a $300 installation charge.