reply to davidhoffman
Re: WiFi Sharing Cooperatives for Google Gigabit in KS 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?