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Qualified "fiberhoods"
Neighborhoods that didn't qualify will have another chance next year

Businesses and consumers in Kansas City are excited to be among the first in the country to experience the new superfast Google fiber-optic network for broadband. Google started a six-week rally on July 26 to allow residents of Kansas City to register their interest in the fiber-optic broadband service. 
Google calls the neighborhoods that could receive its fiber-optic network "fiberhoods". Google says that three of the so-called fiberhoods reached the goal to qualify to get service on the first day the announcement was made. Google says that in the past week alone 63 different neighborhoods qualified for fiber service.
Pre-registration for the service closed as of Sunday with 180 out of the 202 fiberhoods qualified for service. Google says that the 180 qualified neighborhoods isn't the final tally. The company says it is still processing address verification requests and pre-registrations from apartment buildings and condominiums.
An official blog post from Google read:
We’ve been truly inspired by, and have learned so much from, the efforts of local nonprofits, community centers, libraries, schools, and churches to pre-register their neighbors. And we want to continue working with these groups as they promote digital literacy throughout the community. So going forward, we aim to support great organizations in Kansas City in a programmatic and strategic way, through grants and joint educational efforts focused on digital literacy. Together we will work to equip Kansas Citians with the knowledge and tools they need to get online and use the web to their advantage for education, job hunting and more. We’ll have more details about this program soon.
Google also says that neighborhoods that didn't qualify during Pre-registration will have another chance. Google says that it will include neighborhoods that failed to qualify in a future rally sometime next year where an attempt to qualify will be offered again.

Source: Google

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By Motoman on 9/10/2012 10:16:22 AM , Rating: 2
I've be happy to be able to get 1Mb DSL.

RE: yay.
By Flunk on 9/10/12, Rating: -1
RE: yay.
By BillyBatson on 9/10/2012 11:56:45 AM , Rating: 2
What a useless response.

RE: yay.
By Motoman on 9/10/2012 11:57:05 AM , Rating: 5
You find 50 acres of land in the middle of, say, Chicago where we can move the horse ranch, you let me know.

RE: yay.
By Jeffk464 on 9/10/2012 1:01:11 PM , Rating: 4
There are plenty of places in Chicago that would be better of bulldozed and turned in 50 acres of ranch. You have my vote.

RE: yay.
By dgingerich on 9/10/2012 2:22:05 PM , Rating: 2
lol, this guy knows Chicago. :)

RE: yay.
By mfenn on 9/10/2012 1:29:03 PM , Rating: 2
You can always move, no one is making you have a horse ranch.

RE: yay.
By Motoman on 9/10/2012 1:32:11 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, of course...I'll just abandon the business my wife and I built and move to the city so I can have better internet.

Here's your sign.

RE: yay.
By dgingerich on 9/10/2012 2:24:15 PM , Rating: 1
Well, there's costs and advantages to everything. If you own a ranch or farm, or even live in many small towns, then you can't get cheap, fast internet. That's just the way things work. You know the advantages to living there, though. Shikata ga nai.

RE: yay.
By Motoman on 9/10/2012 3:56:08 PM , Rating: 2
In my case, I was actually told by Centurylink that we could get DSL when we moved here.

Previously, we had a 10-acre property not far from here where we did get DSL. Could have had cable too if we wanted it.

CL told use that we'd have DSL at the new 50-acre place when we moved.

Turns out that they lied. Which such companies are wont to do. Shikata ga nai.

RE: yay.
By dgingerich on 9/10/2012 4:41:09 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, another bad story about Century Link.

When I first heard Century Link had bought the DSL ISP services from Qwest, I was hopeful they might turn things around and provide Comcast some incentive to change. Turns out they didn't. At least it didn't get any worse, as sometimes happens.

RE: yay.
By Jeffk464 on 9/10/2012 12:58:15 PM , Rating: 2
Why would they start with Kansas City?

RE: yay.
By kattanna on 9/10/2012 1:16:16 PM , Rating: 2
Why would they start with Kansas City?

maybe because they are getting such a sweet deal from the city

However, the project also will cost taxpayers of the sister cities in Missouri and Kansas along with those in surrounding counties significant monies -- possibly millions of dollars -- to give Google free access to power, rights of way and even office space.


One county in the Kansas City area charged Google nothing to hang its wires on municipal utility poles that are usually off-limits to communications companies, Campbell wrote

thats one hellva deal.

RE: yay.
By Schrag4 on 9/10/2012 1:29:14 PM , Rating: 2
I have no idea, but I'm curious why you ask? It seems to me that you imply that Google should have picked some other city to kick off this effort. Is that just my imagination, or would you like to expound on why they shouldn't have picked KC?

Or to put it another way, why not start with KC? You gotta start somewhere.

RE: yay.
By Jeffk464 on 9/10/2012 10:00:14 PM , Rating: 2
Well to be honest its not a bad city, but its not exactly the most significant city in the world.

RE: yay.
By xdrol on 9/11/2012 4:51:23 AM , Rating: 2
So they can say people without fiber "you are not in Kansas any more".

RE: yay.
By geddarkstorm on 9/10/2012 1:08:52 PM , Rating: 2
I hear you. I'm with Time Warner for 7 mbps for $77 (just internet and phone). Can't wait to get away from them. Funny how google has them quaking in their boots.

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