Shawnee approves Google Fiber

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SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — Officials in Shawnee have approved an agreement authorizing the launch of Google Fiber in the Kansas City suburb.

The Shawnee City Council said in a release that council members approved the agreement Thursday, making Shawnee the fifth Johnson County municipality to strike a deal bringing in the high-speed service to compete with cable and telephone companies for TV and Internet access subscriptions.

Google Fiber offers a network that strings fiber optic lines to homes and supplies commercial strength Internet hookups at home consumer rates.

So far, only a few neighborhoods in Kansas City, Kan., have been connected to the network. A few more homes in Kansas City, Mo., are scheduled to get the service this month.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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