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September 11, 2012

180 of 202 "Fiberhoods" Qualify for Kansas City Google Fiber Project



By David Gitonga
TMCnet Contributing Writer



The highly welcome Google Fiber Project in Kansas City is recording a lot of praise and flattery, even in its initial implementation phase. The company revealed that at least 180 out of the eligible 202 neighborhoods (“fiberhoods”) applying for the 1Gbps fiber network connection have already qualified for the connection, with the remaining requests still being verified with a deadline being later this week.

In a recent analysis of the broadband network, Fred Campbell, a former FCC (News - Alert), portrayed the project as a big win for free markets if the government does not meddle with its running. He regarded the project’s apparent success as a dare to groups like Free Press that advocate for an active government’s central role in the development and regulation of broadband networks.

Even though the project, in its launching days, was touted as ridiculously expensive, it has been on high demand and the verified signings since its roll-out have silenced many critiques. The company charges each home a one-time $300 fee for the necessary infrastructure installation and a monthly subscription fee of $70 per month and the prospects of a lower fee for slower connections.

However, these expensive costs do not sit well with the less-affluent historically black east side of the city, and many have a feeling that this location is bound to miss out on the revolution. In effort to bridge up the divide, Aaron Deacon, president of the Social Media Club of Kansas City, brought into existence the Paint the Town Green initiative that is aimed at raising money to register those in the low income neighborhoods.

The fact that the already eligible homes will not have the service till the end of next year sits well with the Paint the Town green Initiative and other not yet qualified homes, since they now will have a new opportunity window to grab a slot in the high-speed connected fiberhoods.

In bid to ensure that the huge bandwidth does not lie idle and go to waste, the search engine giant will also be offering a Fiber TV service to deliver multichannel intelligent TV experiences to subscribers and subscription opportunities to other real-time TV service providers like Netflix.

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey
 
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