With the news earlier this month that Google had opened sign-ups for service in the Missouri towns of Grandview, Gladstone and Raytown, we thought it would be worth checking in with the company on its latest planning progress for northeast Johnson County.
Google has already submitted plans for a Fiber hut in Leawood just south of I-435, and Mission officials said Wednesday night that they expect the company to submit site plans for a hut there in the coming weeks. Mission Community Development Director Martin Rivarola said the company had been considering two possible locations for a hut in the city, but appeared to have settled on one, and he believes it will file paperwork for the Planning Commission soon.
Google representatives said this week that based on the company’s current network planning it no longer needs to build a similar hut in Prairie Village to provide service to the area. (Just to be clear: This does NOT mean that Fiber is no longer coming to Prairie Village. It just means that a hut in another city will serve as the hub from which in-home service is delivered in Prairie Village. See this post for more on the technical side of how the Fiber network works).
Google says it needs to build out the huts and parts of its other network infrastructure in northeast Johnson County before it can begin offering sign-ups and service in the area, and that it cannot release information about the timing for the area at this point.
It took just under a year from the date of the announcement that Raytown would be receiving service to get to the point where Raytown residents could sign up. Grandview’s and Gladstone’s city councils approved their agreement with Fiber in May 2013.
Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods inked the first northeast Johnson County agreements with Google Fiber back in 2012. Mission, Prairie Village and Leawood approved their Google Fiber agreements in summer 2013, and Mission Hills, Fairway and Roeland Park approved agreements in September 2013.