Google Fiber Expanding Its Kansas City Services

Google Fiber service debuted in several Kansas City neighborhoods in the fall of 2012. Building on that success, the service is now being expanded to a wider area in the region.

The first U.S. cities to get Google Fiber were Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., back in the fall of 2012, and now one of those communities is getting expanded service areas to bring the super-high-speed Internet and cable television services to even more households and businesses.

The expanded service areas were unveiled March 11 in a post by Carlos Casas, the Google Fiber Kansas City field team manager, on the Google Fiber Blog.

"We've already pulled nearly 6,000 miles of our fiber-optic cables throughout Kansas City—that's about the distance across the Pacific Ocean from the U.S. to China—and now we're ready to lay down even more," wrote Casas. "Starting later this afternoon, residents in south Kansas City, Kansas City north, Grandview, Raytown and Gladstone can start signing up to bring Google Fiber to their communities."

To tell Google they want the service, new applicants in those neighborhoods have to go to the sign-up Website, pay a $10 registration fee and then choose from one of three Fiber plans, wrote Casas. The plans include Gigabit Internet and cable TV access for $120 a month with a two-year contract; $70 a month for Gigabit Internet access with a one-year contract; or a free Internet-only account for 5-megabit service (plus a $25-a-month construction fee or $300 one-time payment), according to Google.

The sign-up deadlines for the additional new service areas, which are called "fiberhoods" by Google, are coming up quickly, starting on April 10 for residents in 73 fiberhoods in south Kansas City, Mo., Grandview and Raytown, wrote Casas. A May 15 deadline looms for residents in 33 fiberhoods in northwest Kansas City, Mo., and a June 19 deadline is in place for residents in 52 fiberhoods in northeast Kansas City, Mo., and Gladstone.

Google Fiber hook-ups will begin a few weeks after those deadlines, with all qualified fiberhoods connected by the end of this year, wrote Casas.

Service offers are also being extended to 21 fiberhoods in central Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., that didn't qualify for Google Fiber back in 2012, he wrote. Residents in those communities will have until June 19 to tell Google that they want Fiber services.

Google Fiber's ultra-high-speed Internet and cable television services debuted in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., in the fall of 2012, according to an earlier eWEEK report.