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WiFi Sharing Cooperatives for Google Gigabit in KS
First, this "news" is a month old. Second, Google stated why it was doing the project during the application period. To create a large web application test environment utilizing very high speed symmetrical FTTH, FTTB, and FTTC serving a large socioeconomically diverse population. They are not going to get the test environment they seek from households connected with a shared community WiFi signal. Google has not even announced pricing, so predictions of unaffordability are premature in my view. What if they decide to charge only $15/month and no installation fee? What if there is no charge for a new 802.11ac WiFi equipped "modem" with 8 Gigabit LAN ports and 4 USB 3.0 ports? And what if they offered, for the first 100,000 households that sign up, a free solid state hard disk drive netbook running Linux Mint? That might be a better deal for low income households than providing low cost connections to a WiFi cooperative.
said by davidhoffman:Why would Google give away laptops that aren't running ChromeOS? And how would an offer like that to the first 100,000 benefit a low income household anyway?
And what if they offered, for the first 100,000 households that sign up, a free solid state hard disk drive netbook running Linux Mint? That might be a better deal for low income households than providing low cost connections to a WiFi cooperative.
There are 146,453 people in Kansas City, KS according to the 2010 US Census. At an average of 2 people per household, that equals 73, 226 households. If they had 100,00 netbooks to give away, they would more than cover the city's low income families.
As for Google Chrome vs. Linux Mint for an OS choice, I forgot Google had a netbook OS. My mistake. I have never seen a netbook running Google Chrome OS and had assumed the project was paused. I do know that a few variations of Linux are active and in use on netbooks.
Don't forget, KC, MO, is part of the project too.. Population about 450,000, and the potential is that the whole metro area could have coverage, population 1-2 million depending on how its counted and what you consider metro.
I did not forget KC, MO. I am making the assumption that KC, KS will be the first to have Google Gigabit, as that city was the winner of the competition. But, it could be that both KCs are activated at the same time. I do not think areas outside the legal boundaries of the two KCs are in the first parts of the experiment. I am not familiar with how the electrical distribution is done in that area. If the two KCs electric utilities also supply electricity to the surrounding small cities, then the agreements for pole placement may be able to be extended easily. Where I live, the electric cooperatives, private electric companies, and some municipal public electric utilities serve large geographic areas without regard to city, county, or state boundaries. They could easily agree to pole placements that cover their entire service areas without consulting or getting approval from each political entity. Do the electric utilities in KS and MO have similar boundary crossing freedoms?