Google Fiber to Light Up Shawnee, Kansas

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After starting out in Kansas City, Google has looked to grow its gigabit Google Fiber networks sometimes in leaps (Austin, TX and Provo, UT) and sometimes in steps (adding Kansas City, MO to Kansas City, KS). The latest announcement that Google is planning to light up Shawnee, KS is the latter.

In a blog post, Google announced that the Shawnee City Council voted to bring Google Fiber to the smallish town, which is a western suburb of Kansas City. Google didn’t give a particularly compelling reason for adding Shawnee--other than a half-hearted bit about how the city has kept its citizens informed via a spiffed-up new website--but it’s not surprising that Google is gradually inching its way outward from the initial Kansas City fiberhoods.

Shawnee, KS

There’s no timeline, nor even an estimate, for when service will reach Shawnee; Google has a lot of “planning and engineering” work yet to do before they can reasonably offer a target date. It’s also unclear if Shawnee will get Google Fiber before or after the other Kansas locales already in the pipeline, which include North and South Kansas City, Westwood and Westwood Hills, Mission Woods, and Olathe.
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Canada please. Canada!

Yes! Bring this amazingness to our fellow Canucks! Google, we will give you Poutine and Maple Syrup if you give us fiber!

The sad thing is, we probably will not get Fiber until almost all of the US has it because of how spread out our population is.  And even then, they would probably only really implement it in the west in major places like Ontario and Quebec... :(

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Clixxer replied on Sun, May 5 2013 3:16 PM

Sounds like it would be time to lobby yalls ISPs about better internet or lobby Google.

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Clixxer:

Sounds like it would be time to lobby yalls ISPs about better internet or lobby Google.

 

Our entire countries population is smaller than the population of the state of Florida...

I think that the amount of people willing to lobby for this in Canada would be the equivalent of a small fruit fly buzzing around outside google's window.  We wouldn't get much done unless we REALLY took drastic measures.  Same would go for our ISP's, but we would probably get farther with them than google.

Soooo yeah....

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Clixxer replied on Sun, May 5 2013 7:01 PM

Well yeah that could definitely be a problem. Well crap....ugh ever though about immigration? :P

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Well yeah that could definitely be a problem. Well crap....ugh ever though about immigration? :P

I have actually.  I admire the United States in some aspects, but really don't in a lot more.  I would probably be more inclined to move to Switzerland or something, but then again, that's also a bit more or a hassle on so many levels.

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Clixxer replied on Mon, May 6 2013 12:29 AM

Yeah I could see that. Since i'm in Texas I can't think of a better place to be except for maybe Austin so I can get Google Fiber when it rolls out :P

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digitaldd replied on Mon, May 6 2013 11:05 AM

Its not Google but CenturyLink is bringing Gigabit internet access to Omaha Nebraska. http://www.omaha.com/article/20130501/MONEY/705019865

Maybe more ISPs will start following suit?

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Clixxer replied on Mon, May 6 2013 2:41 PM

digitaldd:

Its not Google but CenturyLink is bringing Gigabit internet access to Omaha Nebraska. http://www.omaha.com/article/20130501/MONEY/705019865

Maybe more ISPs will start following suit?

Hopefully they will. I think the big thing is ISPs don't want to build the fiber networks required but any ISP that does have it in place or mostly will be trying to compete with Google Fiber. Like CenturyLink this is great PR IMO. They get to be recognized in the national media and tech world for starting gigabit internet when only Google really has it, even if it is limited. 

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