Google Fiber-Overland Park in negotiations

When the Olathe City Council announced on March 19 that it had reached an agreement with Google Fiber so the company could bring its high-speed Internet service to Olathe, some observers publicly questioned why the mega Internet provider didn’t connect with Overland Park to become the first major city in Johnson County to get its services.

Well, apparently it has been talking to OP officials.

When asked whether Overland Park was left out in the cold, the city’s communications manager and PIO Sean Reilly said this, “The city has expressed its interest in Google offering its services in the city, and the city is continuing to pursue those services with enthusiasm.” Continue reading

Google’s high-speed Internet might be slow to arrive


That’s the impression Google Fiber‘s Internet speed had on Erin Vader, Olathe’s communication and public engagement manager, when she first watched a demonstration from Google’s office in Kansas City, Kan.

“I thought it would be just another Internet provider coming to the city,” she said. “But until you see it…it’s pretty amazing how fast it is; it’s just like watching TV. Right now, sometimes it can take awhile to upload information, like videos: it stops and loads and stops and loads. With Google Fiber, we were watching like five or six YouTube videos and doing other things all at the same time with no breaks.” Continue reading

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