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6:18 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Roeland Park, Kan. Council Votes To Bring In Google Fiber

A screenshot, dated September 3, 2013, of the installation progress of Google Fiber in Kansas City, Kan.

The Roeland Park City Council Tuesday voted to bring Google Fiber, the high-speed Internet service, to the city. Spokeswoman Jenna Wandres says Roeland Park marks the "14th local Kansas City expansion (in addition to the original announcements in Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo.)" to approve a deal with Google.

In April, Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah also signed on.

But, it's uncertain how soon some of the cities in the metropolitan area signing agreements in recent months - such as Merriam, Leawood, or Prairie Village, Kan. in August - will see the service that's touted as "100 times faster than today’s average broadband." According to an August 27 report in the Kansas City Star:

"The company’s construction schedule has fallen well behind its initial predictions. Consequently, it has shied away from saying when particular neighborhoods or cities might see live lines hooked up to homes."

To date, since installation began in November 2012, 10 "fiberhoods" in Kansas (Hanover Heights, Dub's Dread, Piper Schools, Delaware Ridge, Open Door, Plaza at Speedway, Stony Point, Melrose, North KU Med, and Bethel), and two in Missouri (Greenway Fields, Wornall Homestead) are considered "connected."