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Olathe Oks Google Fiber deal

Published on -3/20/2013, 7:04 AM

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -- Olathe officials have approved an agreement that paves the way for Google's super-fast Internet service to be installed in the southern Johnson County community.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/15pTwKM ) the Olathe City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the Google Fiber agreement.

The Olathe deal is similar to other deals in the Kansas City area, where Google has been slowly connecting several neighborhoods with its high-speed service. The deal gives Olathe 5 percent of gross receipts generated by Google selling the service in the Johnson County suburb. The agreement also promises free 1-gigabit-per-second connections to up to four public facilities for up to 10 years.

If Google deploys a Wi-Fi network in Olathe, that wireless Internet access will be free to the public for at least five years.

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