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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RE: Bring it to Denver, please
9/10/2012 2:21:22 PM
That's contrary from what I've heard from 5 of my coworkers. Only two gave details, with one losing connection several times a day and the other getting <256kbps performance during peak times, while the other 3 just tell me "save your self trouble and go with Comcast."
Then there is the trouble I've had with Qwest, who owns the infrastructure Century Link is now using. I scheduled a phone line install on my new apartment at the time on the day I moved in. They didn't show, and the installer claimed I wasn't home. (Brand new account, my first place, so they can't claim they went to the old address.) I rescheduled three times, and all three they claimed I wasn't home. On the third time, I saw the guy pull into the parking lot, walk up to my door, and I was expecting to hear a knock. When it didn't come, I went outside to see if he went to the wrong place. I found a "sorry we missed you" form note on my door and him pulling away in his minivan. He hadn't even bothered with knocking. Once I finally did get it installed (there was no alternative at the time) they gave me a phone number that was just one digit from the voice mail number. I had drunk mis-dials in the early morning (2-3AM) nearly every night for all of the 14 months I had their service. When an alternative finally in my market, I got it without a moment's delay. I saw the commercial, and I was on the phone to schedule the new service before the next commercial was over.
Comcast, on the other hand, is nearly as bad. I moved into my most recent place nearly a year ago. I called Comcast to schedule the move, and they said they'd be there. Also a no-show. Same claims about me not being there. The second guy to show did claim to have hooked us up, but it didn't work. I also had to start using their cable TV, since there was a tree in the way from being able to use DirecTV. Complication after complication, but I finally got it installed and working a month and a half later. They gave me a year "discount" for the trouble, which amounted to the same deal new customers get with their TV and internet bundle. January rolls around, and all of a sudden, (on a Sunday morning, no less) my connection gets reset, pointing all my traffic to their software installation page. I don't want the crappy software (causes my system to be unstable when gaming) so I try everything to bypass. I finally created a virtual machine specifically for going to this site and installing their crappy software just so I can use the internet.
Believe me, I'd love to stop sending money to Comcast, but I have equal faith in Century Link, and between the two, Comcast does have higher usable bandwidth and lower latency just from the nature of the technology. I'd just like to see someone do it right to compete with Comcast and Century Link. Maybe things will improve with those two that way, or maybe they'll just go bankrupt. Either way would work for me.
RE: Bring it to Denver, please
9/10/2012 3:41:52 PM
I agree competition in the Denver market is win win however i have a feeling the FCC will interfere and cause it all to die on the vine. Whatever happened to verizon Fios? have they been expanding the market?
RE: Bring it to Denver, please
9/10/2012 4:33:51 PM
They quit expanding in 2010, then sold some of the infrastructure and markets to Frontier Communications. I would guess it wasn't as profitable as they thought it would be.
It would be nice to have something like that.
I'm betting they're having the same problems other ISPs are having: the costs of their connections to the internet are costing them far more than they initially figured, and users are demanding more for their money, therefore it is becoming a lot less profitable.
(That doesn't account for the poor customer support from ISPs, though. Poor support doesn't cost any less than good support. They need to fire some of their poorly performing support people and replace them with people who put in the effort, do a good job, and deserve the job.)
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