Almost ten months ago, Google finally picked Kansas City, Kansas as its 1Gbps fiber-to-the-home project, promising to start offering service in 2012. So where are they now? Stringing and laying fiber? Hooking up the first neighborhood? Actually, according to the Kansas City Star, they’re still trying to finalize the negotiation of pole attachment rights.
Apparently, the fiber business isn’t as easy as they thought. The question seems to be the how and where the fiber will be hung relative to the power lines. Google wants to pay less by threading it in among those lines, which is harder but costs less than hanging it where telecommunications companies usually hang stuff. But there are safety and other issues that have proven difficult to navigate.
Supposedly they will be finalizing the agreement soon, and Google isn’t admitting to any delay yet. But clearly they were hoping to wrap this detail up quicker than this. Hopefully soon we will see them get down to business.