Google Fiber continues to spread across the nation. Google has announced that its high-speed Internet service is coming to Shawnee, Kansas following a vote by the city to bring Google Fiber to its residents. The announcement comes in quick succession to news that Google Fiber will be brought to Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah last month.
Since Google Fiber is already in Kansas City, which was the first location to receive the service, it should be an easier task than otherwise to extend it to Shawnee. However, Google has not given a timeline for the service’s deployment, stating that it still has a “lot of planning and engineering work to do” before it is ready to introduce Fiber to Shawnee.
As Google continues to push its fiber service, established providers are beginning to wake up to the competition. In Shawnee, Google Fiber will offer speeds of up to 1Gbps, compared to the current 10-25Mbps available on AT&T and Verizon’s DSL networks. AT&T already indicated its intent to take on Google by saying that it would bring its own fiber service to Austin, while other companies, such as CenturyLink, are also working on deploying 1Gbps networks to avoid being left behind.