Overland Park Hesitates, Google Fiber Moves On

Oct 28, 2013

Google Fiber is bypassing Overland Park for now after the Kansas City suburb hesitated to sign a deal.

The tech giant negotiated a tentative deal that would open the way for it to sell its 1-gigabit-per-second Internet connections and cable-style TV service there.

It sought no direct subsidies and asked for some access to rights of way in return for free Internet service to public buildings such as schools and libraries. But the city council decided in September to put off a vote for a month.

After receiving assurances about an indemnification clause, the council was ready to approve the agreement this month. But by then, Google was moving on.

Company spokeswoman Jenna Wandres says "Speed matters."