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 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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