Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) said late Tuesday that it will expand its Google Fiber high-speed Internet and pay TV service to Olathe, Kan.
The announcement came after the city council in Olathe, which is about 20 miles south of Kansas City, approved an agreement that will allow Google to construct its fiber network in the city. "Hopefully, this is the first of several announcements that we'll be able to make about bringing Google Fiber to additional cities in the KC metro area," Google Fiber Community Manager Rachel Hack wrote in a blog post.
Google will challenge incumbents Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and AT&T's (NYSE: T) U-verse TV and Internet service in Olathe, which had a population of 127,907 and 46,851 housing units in 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The median income in the city is $76,528, compared to the average of $50,594 for all cities in Kansas.
Last August, Google announced that it would expand Google Fiber to Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods, Kan., pending approval of local government authorities in the cities.
Google began installing its $120 monthly Google Fiber service in parts of Kansas City, Kan., in November. It offers download speeds of up to 1 Gbps and an advanced subscription video programming service that comes with a Nexus 7 tablet designed to be used as a remote control and which can also respond to voice commands.
Last month, Google began accepting orders for Google Fiber from subscribers in Kansas City, Mo. The Internet giant said Tuesday that it hasn't yet determined the construction schedule for expanding to Olathe. Google also hasn't disclosed how many Kansas City residents have ordered Google Fiber.
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