After recent announcements of expanding its signature internet and pay TV service to Austin, TX and Provo, UT, Google Fiber has decided that Shawnee, KS will be the next city on the list. The expansion announcements have been coming quickly, with other ISPs struggling to make counter-announcements and initiatives.
Shawnee is currently being served by Time Warner Cable and AT&T U-verse, which means that local residents should look forward to counteroffers from their current providers once Google comes to town.
Still, Time Warner Cable and AT&T have plenty of time to adjust their strategy since Google has yet to decide when construction will commence. The search giant will have to build a fiber network from scratch in Shawnee, which may take longer than Google’s project in Provo, UT. In Provo, Google will be upgrading an existing municipal broadband network rather than building it from the ground up.
Other ISPs won’t be complacent, since it looks like Google Fiber is accelerating its expansion across the country. This is an exciting time to shop for internet service, since plans are getting cheaper and speeds are getting faster. Hopefully, fiber optic networks will become the new standard in this country. As long as there is robust competition for consumer dollars, the ascendance of fiber networks will evolve from mere possibility to reality.