Overland Park council to vote on agreement between city council, Google Fiber

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Overland Park City Council members are expected to finally reach an agreement Monday night to bring Google Fiber to their town.

It took months for the city and tech giant to get to this point. Last Fall, Google and Overland Park officials had struck a preliminary deal. However, the evening it was set for a vote, some council members posed questions about liability issues.

That prompted Google officials to walk away and ask for a delay in the vote.

The move by Google shocked city officials. Overland Park’s population of 76,000 is the second largest in the metro and the median household income is $66,500 a year. That means that Overland Park could be a lucrative market.

"Look at our demographics,” Overland Park city council member Dave White remarked. “We have an educated population, a young population and so I think it will be a really good market for them."

If this agreement goes through, Google will first expand to offer service to residential neighborhoods, then to Overland Park businesses.

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