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 we’ve made good progress during this pre-registration period,
but there’s still work to be done. Some fiberhoods won’t qualify this
time around. If you live in one of those fiberhoods, we want you to know
that we’ve 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.