September 10, 2012
Kate Pope Hodel, KCSourceLink
180 Fiberhoods Will Get Google Fiber
The preregistration phase for Google Fiber ended at midnight Sunday, with volunteers working up until the last minute to help as many fiberhoods qualify as possible. Schools, libraries and civic buildings within the fiberhoods that met preregistration goals will get wired to ultra-high speed Internet for free.
The Google Fiber home page reports that at least 180 fiberhoods met their goals. In addition, they are working to make sure the final rankings include all preregistrations from apartment buildings and condominiums. They expect to announce the final standings on Thursday as to which fiberhoods get Google Fiber and the order of construction.
The Kansas City Star reported today that Google is planning to give those neighborhoods that fell short a second chance. The Star also reported that the company will offer local grants to help more people understand ways to make use of the Internet. Read more at Google Fiber Offers Neighborhoods a Second Chance.
Kudos to the Social Media Club of Kansas City and neighbor.ly, a civic crowdfunding platform, for their efforts to "Paint the Town Green" and ensure that as many fiberhoods as possible met their goals. Volunteers went door to door, made phone calls and organized events to help spread the word about the importance of connectivity to the community.