Google has moved one step closer to becoming a cable TV provider in Kansas City, at least on the Missouri side.
We reported late last month that Google had filed the necessary paperwork in Missouri to become a cable TV provider in Kansas City. The Kansas City Business Journal is now reporting that the approval has been granted to Google Fiber Missouri LLC to build out a video service network along the public rights of way on the Missouri side of the Kansas City border.
Google is still not commenting on what, if anything, it plans to do with these rights, and in a statement for the report they said it was a necessary legal hurdle for them to build out the Google Fiber project in the city. Google has filed similar paperwork with the state of Kansas for the other side of the city as of February 17, and the Kansas Corporation Commission has 30 days from the filing date to announce a judgement.
Perhaps it is just to obtain the rights to run the necessary cabling for the company’s gigabit Internet wiring, but it is certainly leading to a lot of speculation that the search giant has something else in the works as well.