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Google adds Gladstone, Mo., as fifth recipient of Google Fiber

The Web giant has picked up the pace of its expansion announcements for the speedy Internet and video service.


Google's Fiber web is growing a little bigger in the Midwest.

The Gladstone, Mo., city council on Monday approved expansion of the Web giant's speedy Internet and video service into the Kansas City suburb, Google announced Monday.

Already available in Kansas City, the first location to get the high-speed Internet service, Google Fiber's expansion plans have been picking up speed in recent months. The Gladstone decision comes a little more than a week after Shawnee, Kan. -- another city located near Kansas City -- voted to bring Google Fiber to its residents. Google also plans to install the network in Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah.

As usual, Google cautioned that planning and installation of the gigabit Internet service takes time and there is no firm timetable for service to begin in Gladstone.

The acceleration in rollout plans comes about a year after Google launched its 1-gigabit-per-second broadband service in Kansas City and unveiled a new interactive television service called Google Fiber TV. Google offers three packages, including the high-end $120 a month for the Gigabit and Fiber TV service package, $70 for 1Gbps broadband only, and the cost-free but limited-time service of 5Mbps download speeds and 1Mbps uploads.

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