180 Kansas City "Fiberhoods" Qualify for Google Fiber Installation
September 10, 2012 9:56 AM
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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.
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Kansas City citizen here!
9/10/2012 11:42:05 AM
The other day, my wife and I checked out the google fiber store they have setup in midtown Kansas City. The TV box is separate from the DVR box, but both are combined smaller than the current time warner HD-DVR box I have. The TV box is very small and sleek. Using the Nexus 7 as a remote control and to also watch a separate TV channel at the same time is awesome.
Kansas City is very spread out, and I live north of where they are rolling out. It will take them some time to get the entire city connected. I'm hoping they'll get to my neighborhood in a year or so.
RE: Kansas City citizen here!
9/10/2012 8:54:58 PM
I believe they said on the Blog that north and south KC would be in the next rally, sometime next year. I think the problem will be that we will now have to complete with all the area's that didn't make it this time.
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