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[ NNSquad ] Most of Kansas City Now Set to Get Wired With Google Fiber

Most of Kansas City Now Set to Get Wired With Google Fiber

http://j.mp/S56Soj  (Wired)

  "A last-minute push by Google and Kansas City community groups has
   qualified most neighborhoods to get wired up as part of the company's
   effort to blanket the city with ultra-high-speed internet connections.
   Google says at least 180 neighborhoods out of 202 had rallied enough
   residents to pre-register for the Google Fiber service by last night's
   deadline to ensure the company would lay cable to their front doors.
   "We couldn't be more thrilled," says Jenna Wandres, Google's
   spokeswoman for the project.  The apparent success spares Google some
   potential embarrassment. As late as Friday, the dividing line between
   Kansas City, Missouri neighborhoods that had qualified and those that
   hadn't, ran more or less straight down the middle of the city - right
   between the city's whiter, more affluent west side and the poorer,
   historically black east side. Much of the east side was poised to miss
   out on Google fiber all together."

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The fact that this required such a big push over the last possible
couple of days suggests more than a bit of last minute consternation.
Couldn't this state of affairs have been anticipated from ongoing data
as the sign-up process proceeded over its entire duration?

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info
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