Fiber / Google Update

Google Fiber
There has been, and continues to be, considerable interest in the expansion of Google fiber in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Since the very beginning, City of Liberty leaders and staff have encouraged Google to expand into our community. The following timeline includes several notable date and background:
  • February 2010 - The City of Liberty, along with nearly 1,100 other communities, responds to Google’s Request for Information for Google Fiber Communities.
  • March 30, 2011 - Google announces Kansas City, Kan., as its selected community for Google Fiber.
  • May 17, 2011 - Google announces Google community will also include Kansas City, Mo.
  • March-May 2013 - Google announces the expansion of Google fiber to several communities in the Kansas City metro area.
  • April 2013 - City of Liberty staff coordinates meeting for May 2, 2013 for an informal fiber discussion. The meeting included local elected officials, community partners, an interested Liberty resident, Google’s Kansas City Community Manager and the Managing Director of KC Digital Drive. City officials and community partners expressed interest in bringing fiber to the community.

    Community partners included: Liberty Public School District, William Jewell College, Liberty Hospital, Liberty Economic Development Corporation.

  • May 3, 2013 - Liberty Mayor Lyndell Brenton and Superintendent of Liberty Public Schools Mike Brewer send letters to Google representatives extolling the virtues of the Liberty community and the leaders’ interest in having Google fiber come to Liberty.
  • Ongoing - Beyond the official outreach and communications noted above, City staff has maintained contact with Google and the company's Kansas City Community Manager since that initial 2010 application. In a recent email, Google’s Community Manager indicated that the company is “not entering new local expansion discussions at this time…”

    City leaders and staff will continue to encourage Google to consider the Liberty community for future expansion.
Other Notes of Interest
  • Since Google first announced plans to bring fiber to Kansas City, the company has added a handful of other area communities to their service area. Even in those communities, Google fiber is not going into every neighborhood.
    • Did you know that the City of Liberty does not have the authority to mandate that service providers build services throughout our city limits? The companies decide where and how quickly they want to extend services within a community.
  • In addition to Liberty, a number of notable area communities have not received a commitment from Google, including Blue Springs, Independence, Kearney, Bonner Springs, Belton and Parkville.