KANSAS CITY — Time Warner, Inc. has begun offering rewards for tips regarding plans for Google Fiber, Google’s fiber optic network coming to Kansas City. “We’re looking for construction activity. We want our employees to be alert. … We would be doing this with any other new competitor,” Time Warner spokeswoman Marci Pelzer told the Kansas City Star.
The telecom giant has has remained publicly nonchalant about Google’s network, but posters in its offices and around Kansas City are openly soliciting information. The Star reported Time Warner has offered its employees up to three $50 gift cards a week in exchange for nuggets of information. Time Warner is hunting for answers not only about the Google network but the services and technologies that could come with it.
Google, for its part, has been mum about its plans to bring a 1 gigabit, high-speed fiber optic network to Kansas City. Google still has not confirmed the date for the network’s launch and has given no word on whether it will offer television along with Internet service. Google declined to talk to the Star about Time Warner’s thirst for information.