Early yesterday, word surfaced that Shawnee, Kansas had set up a special city council meeting for later in the day to discuss whether Google would be allowed to roll out Fiber service in the city, which is located near Kansas City. We’re not surprised to report that the council is over and the city voted “Yes,” with Google making the announcement moments ago on its blog.
Google already had an agreement in place, but it was dependent on approval from the city council, according to the Kansas City Star. That put Shawnee nearly on the same list as other nearby locations, including Mission Woods, Olathe, and Westwood/Westwood Hills, that have agreements with Google to get its Fiber service in the future. It didn’t take long for approval to be given.
Google flatters Shawnee in its announcement with proclamations and praise for the city’s “vision to keep their citizens informed and involved” via the Internet, pointing to its recent city website update as one example. Such a reality, says Google, strengthens communities and makes it a prime location for Google Fiber service.
Shawnee’s Mayor Jeff Meyers said during the city council: “The ultra-high speed Google fiber network will enhance the quality of life for people in Shawnee by providing faster access to essential digital resources. This will grow and strengthen Shawnee’s competitive advantage in the years to come.” For now, there’s no word on when the service will roll out, with Google saying that it’ll offer that update later on.