Originally Posted by htismaqe
It's all going to depend on the local governments.
Google (or anybody for that matter) is only as good as their right-of-way agreements.
Their opening statement about looking at utility poles suggests they've already failed to secure underground conduit.
If the entrenched cable and telephone companies are successful in lobbying the local governments, Google won't be able to do anything.
There was never any plans to go underground. The cost would be too high.
The issue with the utility poles was that on he KS side the city/county owns the poles and there was miscommunication between the two on where on the pole the fiber was going to be hung.
On the MO side Google has reached agreements with KCPL for the hanging of the fiber and since KCPL owns those poles there should not be these issues.