Skip to comments.Google Fiber Coming to Fortunate Fiberhoods of Kansas City
Posted on 09/10/2012 8:44:00 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Now we know why Toto was so adamant about not wanting to leave Kansas. The lucky ducks living in Kansas City are about to receive the Google Fiber treatment following a six-week rally in which the sultan of search sought enough pre-registrations to make the effort worth its while. Three 'fiberhoods' reached their goals on the first day of Google's announcement, and now that the rally is over, Google says at least 180 out of 202 potential fiberhoods have qualified for service (the final results are still being tallied).
"Together weve made good progress during this pre-registration period, but theres still work to be done. Some fiberhoods wont qualify this time around. If you live in one of those fiberhoods, we want you to know that weve heard your concerns. We will include you in a future rally sometime next year, when you can try to qualify for Fiber again," Google stated in a blog post.
Google Fiber, if you missed the buzz from earlier this summer, is a 1Gbps broadband service that runs $70/month, plus a $300 construction fee that's waived if subscribers sign a 1-year service agreement. If that's too expensive and/or fast, Google also offer a 5Mbps downstream / 1Mbps upstream tier for free...well, sort of. The free tier requires either a $300 construction fee or $25/month for 12 months. There's also an Internet HDTV bundle tier that runs $120/month and includes 1Gbps downstream, a full channel TV lineup, TV set-top box, a network box, 1TB Google Drive in the cloud, and Nexus 7 tablet.
Here, in Utah we have Utopia Fiber, which offers 150 Mb for $65/month after a $3,000 for the connection. In practice, a co-worker has this and said he typically see's closer to 16 Mb, no where close to the 150 Mb he is paying for.
Just because they run a 10 foot pipe down main street, doesn’t mean you’ll get any more water through your 1 inch connection at your house.
The metro area straddles the border, but the Kansas City most people have heard about, as in Kansas City Chiefs, is Kansas City, Missouri. But why would we expect the author to know anything about flyover country?
Both Mayors were at the initial...celebration....announcement.
The only areas where this is currently being offered is Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS, proper. The suburbs are not included. There’s no talk about when they’re going to be offering it to places like Overland Park, KS (grrrr, where I live!).
Of course, for most people, this Internet speed is major overkill, as the speed of the conection between 2 sites will never exceed the speed of the slowest link between them. So if you have a 100mbs pipe, and the site you’re connecting to has a 50mbps pipe, but in transit the packets have to go through a 11mbps link, that’s the most you’re going to see.
Then maybe they won't be so full of [CENSORED].
I would think quite a bit of it would be going into the Kansas side. Besides KU Med Center, some of the wealthier suburbs are in Kansas.