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Gladstone, MO Added to the Official Google Fiber List

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Joining the likes of Provo (UT), Austin (TX), Shawnee (KS), and Raytown (MO) on the list of luckiest towns in the world is Gladstone (MO). Why is it lucky? Because it has been added to the list of official locales to receive Google Fiber in the future. Even with their city council voting in the service last night, Google notes that it will be some time before Gladstone sees the ultra-fast fiber internet, but that doesn’t make us any less jealous.

Anyone live in Gladstone?

Via:  Google Fiber

  • Really hoping this heads up north. Toledo Ohio needs something haha.

  • duke69111

    Glad to see that they are filling out the KC Metro.

  • carl rainey

    Is Google hiring local workers to install the Network or are they bringing the same workers from place to place? Seems like a good way to bring work to places that don’t have a lot of job offerings.

  • I’d rather they start it out on these smaller towns first, work out all the kinks…

  • I think it’s time to start running for local government. Let’s put people in favor of Google Fiber into office.

    • michael arazan

      Think I’m going to start going to my local city halls and start Lobbying for Google Fiber

  • KnowYourEnemy462

    Cut. It. Out.

    • EC8CH

      Uncle Joey’s gotta be pumped.

  • A.J.

    I guess at least it’s in Missouri now. Although it needs to come to the other side of the state.


  • Why is it all the little towns no one has heard of getting this lucky?

    • Aaron

      Right, Austin is a little town.

      • I know Austin is not small, but the rest of them are, just seems random to me how they are going about selecting these markets to test in.

        • Ian

          First, they are not testing, its real implementation. Second, they are going to cities who have municipal control of the infrastructure instead of a private entity like a Comcast, Time Warner, or CenturyLink and then they get support from the city. Its easier to get a city to agree than a company with which you would be competing.

          • Richard Fear

            There’s nothing stopping Google from over-building where an incumbent cable company. Chances are, they’re already doing that in these areas since there probably is a phone company there that isn’t owned by the municipality. There are a few places that have 2 cable companies and a phone company, so it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that they won’t over-build. All they need to do is go through the same hearings like they do now and pay the pole fee like everyone does now. There’s no such thing as a monopoly any more because it is illegal. People think that cable companies are monopolies, but the reality is, is that it isn’t cheap to build a new network from scratch so nobody really does it as the possibility of a huge loss is great.

            I thought I read somewhere that, that is the intention of them doing Google Fiber, to drive cheaper prices for better services compared to the local provider and make them wake up.

          • Ian

            Sure, but in some cases the private companies own the poles opposed to a public municipal entity owning the poles, and the price to use said poles, varies greatly between the two.

            “There’s no such thing as a monopoly any more because it is illegal” – wishful thinking

        • duke69111

          They may be a bunch of small towns, but most are adjoining cities/suburbs and make up the KC Metro area of more than 2 million people. Not surprised that they are adding these communities. I’m actually surprised it did not happen sooner.

        • michael arazan

          Pretty sure that Austin is bigger than KC MO, not to be confused with KC KS

    • Because they can’t afford larger cities at the moment.

      • Makes sense, test in smaller markets, just seems off the wall to me how they are choosing these markets, specially with a random large city, and then all small towns.

      • John Davids

        It has nothing to do with being able to afford it. Its Google. It also has nothing to do with wanting to test it in small markets. It has *everything* to do with the fact that their fiber ring is already installed in KC and they are simply shooting off their already-installed fiber ring. All of these tiny towns are just suburbs of KC.

        Also, Provo, UT is only getting it because they already had a city-wide fiber network installed by some other company years ago that has since gone bust. All Google has to do is upgrade it and flush it out.

        Austin, TX is the only “Real” expansion outside of KC at this point. Everything else are just easy expansion off already-existing infrastructure.

        • Just because it’s Google doesn’t mean they can afford it.

          • John Davids

            Certainly. But since neither you or I have working knowledge of Google’s budget constraints for this project, I feel its safe to default to the assumption that a company who’s revenue topped $50 billion in 2012 can afford it. 🙂

          • Revenue is different from profit.

          • John Davids

            $10.24 billion of that last year alone. You are just butt-hurt that you were so dead wrong and really are not up to speed on Google Fiber. Happy to educate 😀

          • Oh so that’s why Kansas City wasn’t their first choice?
            10 billion is nothing compared to the 140 billion cost for a US rollout.

            Learn business then come back.

          • John Davids

            Lol. You think Google’s intent is to nationwide rollout? Gosh you really don’t know anything about Google Fiber or the motives behind it.

          • Gotta love condescending trolls.

          • John Davids

            Gotta love uninformed idiots spewing misinformation.

    • I can’t wait for Google Fiber to come to your city so I can say “Who the hell lives there?

  • Curtis

    I need to find out if my city council voted for or against this. Raleigh, NC