It’s now a clean sweep for northeast Johnson County with Google Fiber agreements. Both Fairway and Mission Hills have been added to the list of communities that have approved contracts for the high-speed Internet service.
The two cities join Prairie Village, Leawood, Roeland Park and Mission, all of which approved agreements in the last few weeks. Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods were announced as Google Fiber cities several months ago. Merriam also approved an agreement last month.
Google Fiber is still in the midst of completing installations in Kansas City neighborhoods in both states and won’t predict a timeline on when service could actually arrive in northeast Johnson County.
Google Fiber offers Internet connection speeds – both upload and download – up to one gigabit and television service. An explanation of Google plans and pricing is available here.
The contracts signed by most cities provide for a five percent franchise fee paid to the city and a promise that certain public spaces can receive service for free for up to 10 years from the time the contract is signed.
Fairway Mayor Jerry Wiley sent a letter to Google Fiber indicating that the city “expects to have free public service provided” at six locations: city hall, Neale Peterson Park, public works, police station, Shawnee Indian Mission and KU Clinical Research Center. Google Fiber does not commit in the agreement to a minimum number of free spaces.
The Google Fiber space at Westport Road and State Line offers tours and demonstrations for residents who want to learn more about how Google Fiber works. The Google Fiber blog announcing new signings can be found here.