‘Border War’ Cease Fire Bill Advances in Missouri
February 27, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri senators have given initial approval to legislation seeking a potential truce in an economic competition with bordering Kansas.

Under legislation endorsed Wednesday, Missouri would stop offering incentives aimed at getting businesses to come from several Kansas counties. The moratorium would take effect if Kansas enacts a similar moratorium through legislation or executive order.

The proposal would apply to Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass counties in Missouri, and to Wyandotte, Johnson, Douglas and Miami counties in Kansas. The states have waived hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues competing with each other for businesses around Kansas City.

Missouri’s legislation requires another vote before it moves to the state House

Olathe Joining Google Fiber City Project
March 20, 2013

(AP) — Olathe officials have approved an agreement that paves the way for Google’s super-fast Internet service to be installed in the southern Johnson County community.

The Olathe City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the Google Fiber agreement, The Kansas City Star reported.

“We’re excited for what this means to our community, and we look forward to . flipping the switch,” Mayor Michael Copeland said.

Google announced it would launch Google Fiber in the Kansas City area two years ago. The California-based search engine company began home installations in the area in October, but so far only a handful of neighborhoods in Kansas City, Kan., have been able to tap into its lines.

Google Fiber’s top speeds offer downloads 100 times faster than most U.S. home service and uploads 1,000 times quicker than the norm.

In the Kansas City area, Google Fiber has been offering packages for $120 a month under two-year contracts that come with cable-like TV programming and Internet hookups capable of pushing data at rates of 1 gigabit per second. Customers can also get relatively slow broadband free for seven years after paying $300 for installation.

The Olathe deal is similar to other deals in the Kansas City area. The deal gives Olathe 5 percent of gross receipts generated by Google selling the service in the Johnson County suburb, which has about 128,000 residents. The agreement also promises free 1-gigabit-per-second connections to up to four public facilities for up to 10 years.