Google Fiber signs up majority of Kansas City

There's going to be a lot of people in Kansas City that will soon be able to receive 1 Gbps Internet speeds for both upload and download. Google announced today that pre-registration for its Google Fiber network in that community has resulted in at least 180 of 202 city neighborhoods getting qualified to receive the service.

In a post on the Google Fiber blog, the company said that the final tally from its "fiberhoods" is still being determined and will be announced later this week. Neighborhoods in both cities were asked to sign up a certain amount of households with a $10 registration fee to show they wanted to get the $70 a month 1 Gbps Google Fiber service (or $120 a month if they wanted the TV service as well).

Some neighborhoods in both cities did not quality for Google Fiber this time, but the company said they will hold another pre-registration rally in 2013 to try to sign up the remaining parts of Kansas City. It also plans to work with community groups, non-profits and others to help them teach citizens about "digital literacy". The blog states:

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.

There's no word yet on when the first 1 Gbps customer will receive service from Google Fiber.

Source: Google Fiber blog | Image via Google

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They chose the area by the amount of aerial utilites. It is much easier to run it over head on a pole than to bore it in the ground. Those areas are older areas of the Greater KC area. JoCo and North of the River have too many newer subdivisions where the utilities are buried. Getting easement rights and dealing with homeowners that don't want their yards dug up is not an easy task.

IgotaBLKJK said,
They chose the area by the amount of aerial utilites. It is much easier to run it over head on a pole than to bore it in the ground. Those areas are older areas of the Greater KC area. JoCo and North of the River have too many newer subdivisions where the utilities are buried. Getting easement rights and dealing with homeowners that don't want their yards dug up is not an easy task.
I didn't see them setting it up but I thought they were burying the cables? Honestly though while JoCo has most of it's utility lines in the ground - when most of this area was built they laid black fiber all around here. So it should have been fairly simple to get started here. I would think cheaper also since they could have used pre-existing lines. Unless they're owned by someone and would have to be bought/leased. If you just take a quick drive around the area you'll see tons of 'underground optical fiber' signs in OP, Leawood, Olathe, and Lenexa. Not sure so much about the Shawnee Mission area since it's older.

KCRic said,
I didn't see them setting it up but I thought they were burying the cables? Honestly though while JoCo has most of it's utility lines in the ground - when most of this area was built they laid black fiber all around here. So it should have been fairly simple to get started here. I would think cheaper also since they could have used pre-existing lines. Unless they're owned by someone and would have to be bought/leased. If you just take a quick drive around the area you'll see tons of 'underground optical fiber' signs in OP, Leawood, Olathe, and Lenexa. Not sure so much about the Shawnee Mission area since it's older.

They're using the utility poles...

I don't know how Google remains to be a viable company without you. It seems at every step you know what they should do better than they do.

thomastmc said,

They're using the utility poles...

I don't know how Google remains to be a viable company without you. It seems at every step you know what they should do better than they do.

That was a bit of a smart ass comment. I was speculating based on what I know of the area. I said I didn't see them setting everything up and that I thought they were burying the cables. Not that I was 100% certain. Furthermore I stated that it would seem to be a good idea to use the black fiber and I think it would be cheaper. Again, not saying I know with certainty. It's called a discussion and educated guessing. There's no need to the high and mighty pompous prick attitude you threw out there. Then again, you did grow up in Leawood so I'm sure you're ENTITLED.... to an opinion.

KCRic: "That was a bit of a smart ass comment. I was speculating based on what I know of the area. I said I didn't see them setting everything up and that I thought they were burying the cables. Not that I was 100% certain. Furthermore I stated that it would seem to be a good idea to use the black fiber and I think it would be cheaper. Again, not saying I know with certainty. It's called a discussion and educated guessing. There's no need to the high and mighty pompous prick attitude you threw out there. Then again, you did grow up in Leawood so I'm sure you're ENTITLED.... to an opinion."

KCRic: "If you grew up in Leawood then you should know this. People these days, I swear. Can't read a single sentence before posting crap. But hey, nice to see you went after sources though."

Yes, I do respond to smart ass comments in kind...

KCRic: "There's no need to the high and mighty pompous prick attitude you threw out there. Then again, you did grow up in Leawood so I'm sure you're ENTITLED.... to an opinion."

And there is that great personality of yours again. I lived in a two bedroom apartment in Leawood off Kenneth/138th.

Maybe you should add a little more education to your guessing.

I have a friend here in KC that works for the Google Fiber team and absolutely loves it. Like others have commented, I live in Southern Overland Park in Johnson County and would love to see the service expanded to where I'm at. I'd easily pay for this service. My hope is that given OP/JoCo is so close to the service area, that it's just a matter of time that they expand south and west.

Until they go to Johnson County part of KC or north of the river. No one is going to be happy in KC. They signed up the majority of the "fiberhoods" they pre selected, but everyone is still unhappy bout the areas they choose first.

Outlandishtrendz said,
Until they go to Johnson County part of KC or north of the river. No one is going to be happy in KC. They signed up the majority of the "fiberhoods" they pre selected, but everyone is still unhappy bout the areas they choose first.
Exactly. JoCo should have been first honestly. Not trying to be a snob about it just because I live here (in fact I grew up in the Hickman-Mills school district so I know about 'lower class'). Simple fact is that JoCo has the money and far more people that would buy the top package. Furthermore, while I believe that every child should be afforded educational opportunities - most in the 'Dotte doesn't give a s**t. They quit paying attention once they can solve 1g+1g=Xg or: you have 15 bullets, you fire 11. How many are left?

We gave that area nice things... more than once. The Legends is already going to hell and lets not get started on Schlitterbahn. Not even complete and people's cars are already being broken into (what was it? 15 or so in one day a few months ago).

Racist much. You gave them this and that... too bad you did not give them an amusement park or an outlet mall. It seems likely that with the attitude you have they are lucky to sit in the front of the bus. By you ignorant mentality you should stop eating KC BBQ or listen to jazz ....

STackcserer said,
Racist much. You gave them this and that... too bad you did not give them an amusement park or an outlet mall. It seems likely that with the attitude you have they are lucky to sit in the front of the bus. By you ignorant mentality you should stop eating KC BBQ or listen to jazz ....
No but thanks for trying to pull that card. There was nothing racist about what I said. Geographic? Yes. All races take part in the attitude and actions of that area.

At no point did I point out a specific race or make that insinuation. You however, did. Racist much?


BTW: that county was given an amusement part (Schlitterbahn) and a mall of sorts (Legends).

I don't think he was racist at all, free internet to schools in the KCMO district that is not accredited with the State of Missouri, and yet its residents did not sign up to give it to them. Wyandotte Country schools aren't in much better shape. The people of the area do not want to help themselves out of the situation they are in. Drive these neighborhoods and see for yourself.

This being your one and only post, so you signed up just to comment about him being racist, seems suspicious.

STackcserer said,
Racist much. You gave them this and that... too bad you did not give them an amusement park or an outlet mall. It seems likely that with the attitude you have they are lucky to sit in the front of the bus. By you ignorant mentality you should stop eating KC BBQ or listen to jazz ....

KCRic said,
Exactly. JoCo should have been first honestly. Not trying to be a snob about it just because I live here (in fact I grew up in the Hickman-Mills school district so I know about 'lower class'). Simple fact is that JoCo has the money and far more people that would buy the top package. Furthermore, while I believe that every child should be afforded educational opportunities - most in the 'Dotte doesn't give a s**t. They quit paying attention once they can solve 1g+1g=Xg or: you have 15 bullets, you fire 11. How many are left?

We gave that area nice things... more than once. The Legends is already going to hell and lets not get started on Schlitterbahn. Not even complete and people's cars are already being broken into (what was it? 15 or so in one day a few months ago).

I've never been to, nor do I know anything about KC, but perhaps they steered clear of this area with the money because they figure it to be a no-brainer? Why trial something, in part, to see what support there is for it in an area where the support is assumed?

ffenliv said,

I've never been to, nor do I know anything about KC, but perhaps they steered clear of this area with the money because they figure it to be a no-brainer? Why trial something, in part, to see what support there is for it in an area where the support is assumed?

Good point. I don't know Google's business practices or full model to know with any certainty. It would make sense in the event of a failure to takeoff or something. JoCo would be much more high profile than Wyandotte.

Honestly though, I don't think this had so much to do with Google but more to do with KCPL and in Kansas, the KCK government. KCPL has a large investment in that area (P&L district for starters). For Kansas, that's their baby - the whole Legends/stadium/NASCAR complex. They've dumped too much money into already to not attempt to prevent a failure. Then again Johnson county isn't exactly "KC" it's a suburb more or less.

Outlandishtrendz said,
Until they go to Johnson County part of KC or north of the river. No one is going to be happy in KC. They signed up the majority of the "fiberhoods" they pre selected, but everyone is still unhappy bout the areas they choose first.

I grew up in Leawood, KS and went to Blue Valley. That's why this sentiment isn't at all surprising.

If Google shared your thinking they wouldn't have done it in Kansas City. Google Fiber would be in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, or Austin.

They chose Kansas City, not the suburbs of Kansas City, for very good reasons.

KCRic said,
Good point. I don't know Google's business practices or full model to know with any certainty. It would make sense in the event of a failure to takeoff or something. JoCo would be much more high profile than Wyandotte.

Honestly though, I don't think this had so much to do with Google but more to do with KCPL and in Kansas, the KCK government. KCPL has a large investment in that area (P&L district for starters). For Kansas, that's their baby - the whole Legends/stadium/NASCAR complex. They've dumped too much money into already to not attempt to prevent a failure. Then again Johnson county isn't exactly "KC" it's a suburb more or less.

Most of Wyandotte doesn't even use KCPL, and P&L is in Kansas City, MO, not KS. Wyandotte uses BPU.

http://www.bpu.com/
http://www.kcpl.com/kcmaps/KCPL_EXTERNAL_MAP.html

This had everything to do with Google, and the bidding process. If profile was a major factor, why do it in the Kansas City metro at all?

thomastmc said,

Most of Wyandotte doesn't even use KCPL, and P&L is in Kansas City, MO, not KS. Wyandotte uses BPU.

http://www.bpu.com/
http://www.kcpl.com/kcmaps/KCPL_EXTERNAL_MAP.html

This had everything to do with Google, and the bidding process. If profile was a major factor, why do it in the Kansas City metro at all?

Umm, thank you? I believe that's what I said. I said on the MO side KCPL had an interest due to P&L. You might want to reread it again. No, I didn't state the P&L was in MO, however that statement wasn't for those not from this area. Anyone from around here knows where P&L is, we don't have to say "oh you know the P&L in Missouri" as if there's one in KS too. If you grew up in Leawood then you should know this. People these days, I swear. Can't read a single sentence before posting crap. But hey, nice to see you went after sources though.

Edited by KCRic, Sep 11 2012, 4:20pm :

"Umm, thank you? I believe that's what I said. I said on the MO side KCPL had an interest due to P&L. You might want to reread it again. No, I didn't state the P&L was in MO, however that statement wasn't for those not from this area. Anyone from around here knows where P&L is, we don't have to say "oh you know the P&L in Missouri" as if there's one in KS too. If you grew up in Leawood then you should know this. People these days, I swear. Can't read a single sentence before posting crap. But hey, nice to see you went after sources though. "

I read your post. Just read it again. Sorry, I'll take your word that what you're saying now is what you meant, but it's not very clear.

"For Kansas, that's their baby - the whole Legends/stadium/NASCAR complex."

You know that on that map, the Legends/NASCAR complex isn't covered by Google Fiber...

thomastmc said,
"Umm, thank you? I believe that's what I said. I said on the MO side KCPL had an interest due to P&L. You might want to reread it again. No, I didn't state the P&L was in MO, however that statement wasn't for those not from this area. Anyone from around here knows where P&L is, we don't have to say "oh you know the P&L in Missouri" as if there's one in KS too. If you grew up in Leawood then you should know this. People these days, I swear. Can't read a single sentence before posting crap. But hey, nice to see you went after sources though. "

I read your post. Just read it again. Sorry, I'll take your word that what you're saying now is what you meant, but it's not very clear.

"For Kansas, that's their baby - the whole Legends/stadium/NASCAR complex."

You know that on that map, the Legends/NASCAR complex isn't covered by Google Fiber...

It isn't, it stops right before that area. However, KCK has been pushing really hard for years to get money into that area and 'develop' it. Mainly their intent is to cause an influx of Johnson county money into the area. Of course they want everyone to come there and spend money but Johnson county residents are the main target. The fact that Google fiber doesn't currently extend completely to that area doesn't mean that it won't very quickly and easily. They want to build that area so they'll take what they can get, when and where they can get it.