Google Fiber: Closer to Sprint?

Google has recently announced fiber plans for Provo, UT and Austin, TX. Now Google is extending its reach near Kansas City, their original fiberized city, notes Engadget.

The city council of Shawnee, KS has voted to bring in Google’s 1Gbps internet / TV service, although Google hasn’t put a timetable on the rollout yet.

The map shows the proximity to another town, Overland Park, Kansas. The city is home to Sprint’s world headquarters, which employs 18,500 people and occupies 240 acres.

Would that be a coincidence?

Perhaps a deal where Google brings fiber to Sprint towers in exchange for 20 MHz of spectrum would work, although any such deal would have many moving parts.

Then there are the interests of Amazon, Apple and Microsoft to consider. In the end, it may be a simple decision for most carriers and service providers — buy or lease.

Sprint holds most of the cards – and Dish knows how to count.

Google has the money and motivation to help Sprint buy and operate a nationwide 600 MHz network. That could leave lots of 2.6GHz (and 2.1 GHz) open for the highest bidder.

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