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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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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".

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