Google Fiber, the project to build an experimental 1Gbps fibre-optic broadband network in Kansas City, has confirmed that at least 180 of 202 would-be ‘fiberhoods’ in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri have qualified to receive connectivity to Google Inc’s high speed fibre-optic network. In an official blog posting, Google Fiber said that a several more neighbourhoods may yet make the 9 September registration cut-off, as a number of pre-registrations from interested parties in apartment buildings and condominiums have yet to be verified. One neighbourhood, Hanover Heights, qualified for inclusion in just two hours, while the company also said that pre-registration activity was particularly frenzied during the final days of its six-week rally, with 63 fiberhoods qualifying for service in the last week alone.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, when planning the scope of its deployment, Google divided Kansas City into small communities known fiberhoods. To receive the service, each fiberhood needed a critical mass of their residents to pre-register, and the fiberhoods with the highest pre-registration percentage will be first in line to get Google Fiber. Kansas City was declared the winner of Google’s inaugural ‘Google Fiber’ contest on 30 March 2011, beating off more than 1,100 locations in the process. 17 days after the initial announcement, Google announced the decision to include Kansas City, Missouri, thus offering the service to both sides of the state line.