Google's attempt to launch a 1 Gbps Internet service in both Kansas City, Kansas and the neighboring Kansas City, Missouri keeps running into delays. The project was announced with much fanfare over a year ago and was supposed to start taking signups for the service by the end of 2011. However, Google didn't make that first deadline.
In February, Google announced that it had finally started to lay out the fiber cable for the Internet service in the two cities. While it still didn't offer any opportunity for Kansas City citizens to sign up to use the service, it said that it would begin offering the Internet access to some customers by the end of June. Now the Kansas City Star website has reported that Google has pushed back the launch date yet again.
In a statement, a Google spokesperson said simply, "We’ll have an announcement about Google Fiber this summer." No other information was revealed. Indeed, the Google Fiber blog hasn't been updated with new information since April 4.
Google has never said how much it plans to charge customers to use the ultra-fast Internet service, saying only that the prices would be competitive with other Internet service providers.