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5 More Google Fiberhoods Coming To Kansas City 80

skade88 writes "If you live in KC, Google is doing their part to make sure you get your daily fiber. They are launching their gigabit home internet service in five new areas in KC. From the article: '"In 2013, we're going to hit the ground running, finishing installations in Dub's Dread, and then quickly moving on to five more fiberhoods," the company wrote, using its invented term for zones where Google Fiber will be deployed. "Based on pre-registration results, the next fiberhoods on the list are Piper Schools, Delaware Ridge, Painted Hills, Open Door, and Arrowhead. And we have some more good news for folks in some of these areas—we've extended a few fiberhood boundaries slightly, so that more people can get Google Fiber. You can see the new boundaries below and on our website, where you can check to see if your home is now eligible."'"
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5 More Google Fiberhoods Coming To Kansas City

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 17, 2012 @06:23PM (#42318829)

    For those of us in the telecommunications industry, what type of FTTH deployment are they doing? For that matter, who's gear are they using? Calix, Ericsson, Occam, Adtran, or something homegrown?

  • Man, I really want to move to Kansas so I can live in Dub's Dread. Dub's Dread: I am the law!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Meanwhile Telenor (my ISP) has limited my bandwidth to 500kbps for 30+5 days because I downloaded more than 100GB in a 30day sliding window.
    The world is unfair

    • by vlm ( 69642 )

      What did you download for 100 gigs? You're AC so don't worry about telling the world if its all furry pr0n I'm just idly curious. The largest torrent I ever downloaded was about 120 gigs of audiobooks and it took a couple months, at least a couple years ago. A somewhat overcompressed star trek series averages 50 or so gigs per series. Then again high def isn't going to make the plot of "spocks brain" or the space hippies any better. It would take me months to watch 100 gigs of stuff, even if I download

      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward

        100 gigs is nothing...with only legitimate usage i can go over that with netflix, youtube, gaming and video streaming(up/down)

        its sad, really, that you have to suffer such low limits. I've got comcast with their now-unenforced 250g cap. since they said they wouldnt enforce it, i stopped metering myself and found my 'normal' usage is actually around 550gb on a normal month, or 750 if i go down the dark and shady roads.

        • by PNutts ( 199112 )

          I work from home (connected to the work network 24/7), the kids stream Netflix all the time, the wifey is at home all day on wifi, I'm on wifi all day for personal stuff, Carbonite backups, iOS devices backing up and downloading apps, etc., etc. It's unusual for me to go over 200GB and it's usually around 180.

          • I had to get Cox Business Internet to avoid losing service all together. Business Internet is unlimited in data and we have six active Internet users living here. 100GB is a few days at most.
      • The Touhou Lossless Music Collection is over one terabyte. Terabyte. []

    • by Kjella ( 173770 )

      No, just Telenor. I have Altibox and downloaded a ~500GB torrent in three days + whatever else I downloaded that month, no complaints. For the Americans I'll explain, remember those crappy monopoly/duopoly choices you have? Well, Telenor is like that except we have more choices, but some choose to use them anyway...

  • by mysqlrocks ( 783488 ) on Monday December 17, 2012 @06:37PM (#42318981) Homepage Journal
    While Google Fiber is getting most of the attention, Kansas City isn't the only place with gigabit Internet speeds. Chattanooga, Tennessee and Burlington, Vermont (my city) both have gigabit Internet via fiber-to-the-home as well as a few other places around the country. I've started an initiative in Burlington called BTV Gig ( to try and bring attention to this and decide how our community is going to leverage gigabit.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Google is great and all, but I wouldn't be so quick to subscribe to their fiber service.

    If you run all of your internet traffic through Google then they have the ability to mine every last ounce of data from your activity. While other ISPs might have access to the same type of data already, Google is the only one that has a business model based on targeted advertising. Google wants to know everything about you in order to sell advertisements. Other ISPs do not. If you care about privacy at all, Google s

    • So tunnel through a VPN.
    • by Kiraxa ( 1840002 )
      If you care about privacy at all you don't use the internet, because everything is monitored and logged. Seriously stop being a paranoid.
    • Or you could, *gasp*, read their privacy policy (which is really simple and easy to read) instead of stocking up on unnecessary tinfoil.

      Also, you vastly overestimate how much data Google uses for ads (and you are ignoring that Google will happily let you turn *off* targeted advertising if you so choose: [] -> ads -> opt out)

      • by jo_ham ( 604554 )

        If you buy tinfoil... they'll know you buy tinfoil!

        Then you'll get adverts for turkey and cookbooks for roasting large flightless avians!

        It's too risky, man!

        Can I bum some change?

    • Ohhhhhhh, scarrrrrrrrrry. Targeted Ads.

  • Wake me when they decide to give the rest of the nation fiber. I'm stuck locked into my local provider, which instituted caps last year without proper notice (Charter) on their top tier residential service.

    When Charter came to our town, buying the local cable outfit, they delayed the internet rollout for 4 years, even though the town was already wired and ready to go.

    I'd love to have Google Fiber. Cheaper, no caps.... it would certainly force Charter to change their tune and suddenly be more affordable.

    At t

    • The whole reason Google is rolling out fiber like this is to try and shake up the trees of the large ISPs and get them moving on fiber. Over the next couple of years they will probably drop it into a few other major cities giving Comcast, TWC, ATT, and the likes a real run for their money forcing them to do something to stop the loss of customers.
    • by dywolf ( 2673597 )

      They had to find a munipality that would allow it and wouldnt have the local telco sue them to stop them like happened in a Carolina town when the LOCAL RESIDENTS tried to build/create their own fiber ISP cause the cable company's ISP sucked so bad.

  • by wiedzmin ( 1269816 ) on Monday December 17, 2012 @07:19PM (#42319469)

    Are those them things they used to cover engines in Fast and the Furious?

  • by ctime ( 755868 ) on Monday December 17, 2012 @07:59PM (#42319905)
    Is it any indication of how bad regulation and costs are that this sort of thing isn't a reality yet in SV, despite it being most densely populated area of nerds in the country?

    Does anyone know of any other "official" reason why even Verizon FIOS isn't in santa clara valley? It just amazes me how shitty communication bandwidth is (wireless and otherwise) in the valley compared to podunk idaho or kansas city. What in the world is going on here?
    • Does anyone know of any other "official" reason why even Verizon FIOS isn't in santa clara valley?

      Last I heard, Verizon isn't building any more FIOS because they get higher ROI on mobile.

    • by gawbl ( 941021 )
      I believe that the most of the Santa Clara Valley ("Silicon Valley") has legacy landline service from AT&T (formerly SBC, formerly PacBell). I think Los Gatos was served by GTE, and GTE is now part of Verizon, but I've never heard anything about FIOS in Los Gatos, or anywhere else in the Valley. FWIW, most of the AT&T DSL in the Valley is supplied by beige boxes on the sidewalks; every box is filled with DSL equipment, has a conspicuous power meter, and has an upstream fiber link. But AT&T ha
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I don't understand why Google is strategically selecting the areas of Kansas City with the lowest incomes and populated with the least amount of technical people. Johnson County, Kansas was ranked #9 best county to live in by Money magazine in 2012 and it looks like Google is intentionally avoiding them. I seriously don't get it.

    • It makes some sense to me. What I wager they are hoping to see is substantially improved economic activity in those areas, as well as rising property values, directly attributable to the availability of cheap bandwidth.

      If that happens then Google will be able to begin making a case to the public, the FCC, and politicians that the state of U.S. broadband is terrible, and that the country needs to get its act together to improve the situation. If they can point toward the economic uplift of a downtrodden ar

    • Perhaps as a "worst case" start? If they can do it it profitably there then they can do it anywhere, possibly inflated costs to lay fiber in high-income areas notwithstanding. And if they're sure it can be done in low-income areas then doing the initial roll out there will give them an extremely strong bargaining position against obstructionist politicians and entrenched local monopolies. I mean if they launch a media blitz saying "Look, we have proven we're able to do this profitably even in areas with s

    • KCK politicians gave the best head, duh.

    • by Jartan ( 219704 )

      The whole thing is a big test. Likely they are picking the area's based on their ability to handle the expected customers. They'll work their way from the bottom up in that situation.

  • Lobby your local city and county officials to support the installation of fiber infrastructure. Along the Wasatch Front we have the excellent UTOPIA [] project, which brings fiber to the home. Local cities used bonds to support setting up the infrastructure, and home owners pay for the connection from the street to their house. The fiber infrastructure is treated like a utility and any ISP can compete for your business. I have a symmetric 100 MB connection for about about 1/3 less than Comcast was charging me
  • Just reminding folks that the "KC" which is getting the fiber is one of four separate "Kansas City"s in the KC metro area. It is the one that is in Kansas instead of Missouri, and is almost all poor neighborhoods. That is why it was chosen. It is a lot of poor people but really close to wealthier areas with good infrastructure.

    I know, Missouri isn't much better politically, but I just get tired of everyone thinking that all of "Kansas City" is in Kansas just because it has "Kansas" in the name. It was calle

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