Google Fiber starting work in Mission to place infrastructure for high-speed service

Google rabbits await connections in  front of some houses in Roeland Park that signed up for the service.
Google rabbits await connections in front of some houses in Roeland Park that signed up for the service.

Google Fiber is going to start working in Mission on building out the infrastructure to bring its service to the city.

In a briefing for the city council this week, city staff said Google representatives had laid out a construction process that starts with assessing utility poles to see if they can accommodate the new fiber lines and the weight, work that may take a few weeks. Some poles will likely need to be replaced.

Part of the fiber for the high-speed internet service will be along existing utility poles and some will be buried underground. Once the fiber is distributed, the signup rally will follow, the city was told. A total of 16 cabinets will be distributed around the city to accommodate the underground network. The cabinets are 16X16X30 inches in size. Their exact placement is not known. Google Fiber has already established a large fiber hut in Mission in the area behind Target.

The signup period for Merriam, Roeland Park and the Westwood areas closed last fall. Google Fiber lists signups for the rest of northeast Johnson County, with the exception of Leawood, as coming in 2015. The infrastructure build started in Westwood and Roeland Park last May. No known hookups to residences have been made yet.