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Google Fiber Registrations Roar Forward
77 Neighborhoods Hit Their Minimum Registration Goals
by Karl Bode 06:17PM Tuesday Aug 21 2012
When Google announced Google Fiber the company also launched a unique effort to determine what Kansas City community would get fiber next -- which includes free 1 Gbps connections and Wi-Fi for community buildings. Google is holding a six week rally in which neighborhoods must bond together and pre-register at the Google website for a $10 fee, which is refunded if your hood isn't selected. As of Monday morning, 77 neighborhoods had hit their minimum goals needed to get fiber run to their areas. Google will continue to accept registrations (and all the free press they're generating) until September 9, after which they'll start deploying service to the neigborhoods that saw the most significant enthusiasm.

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tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY

milestones coming..

when they get to 100, then 1000 neigborhoods these will be good milestones... maybe some cross promotions.. with free google hardware/services above regular incentives.

25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH

Re: milestones coming..

just because those neighborhoods signed up does NOT mean Google is going to select them. They can have the entire north side register but doesn't mean they'll get service right away - if at any.
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
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Re: milestones coming..

said by 25139889:

just because those neighborhoods signed up does NOT mean Google is going to select them. They can have the entire north side register but doesn't mean they'll get service right away - if at any.

the sun rose and set yesterday, the sun rose and set the day before.. following your idea, patterns dont' seem to predict future outcomes... so let the incubment phone & cable comapnies stick their heads in the sand, hire up some people and circle the wagons (all that construction of fiber was just a bluff.....) what happens happens.

AnonKC

@rr.com
As a resident of Kansas City, I can say that when a neighborhood reaches Google Fiber's minimum requirment of registered users, they will receive Fiber installations into their homes.

Other things, this is being advertised daily on our most popular radio stations and everyone in the selected "Fiberhoods" are on board. I drive through these areas every day, and you can drive past a block without seeing 3-4 Google Fiber signs in yards and people walking their dogs with G.Fiber shirts.

Locally, any one who is skeptical of the price tag, they are still lured in by the free broadband for 7 years for paying $25/month for 12 months.

My Fiberhood was one of the first with first priority access, and September 30th is when Google Fiber announces who gets hooked up first. They will definitely be installing Fiber this winter without a doubt.
Os

join:2011-01-26
US
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Go Google Go

The people are responding. For the doubters who kept saying this would fail, here's the proof you needed.

People are ready for some real change, and Google Fiber is going to give it to them.

I just wish KC was a Comcast market instead of a Time Warner market. Comcast needs a lesson taught to them even more than TWC.

atuarre
Here come the drums
Premium
join:2004-02-14
Conroe, TX

Re: Go Google Go

Yes. Google Fiber will bring real change. And in a year or so, Google will hand the project off to someone else, and then the price increases will begin.

Enjoy your progress.
Chubbysumo

join:2009-12-01
Superior, WI
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Re: Go Google Go

google has 2 years to hand it off, if they dont do it in that time, they are stuck with it. Google has already said that a full gig is profitable at $70 per month, as is the TV service(just not at current rip off rates of 40-60%). Lets hope they can prove that, and drive costs down. I know tons of businesses that will move down there for this, and their local economy will profit very will, and likely drive innovation in other areas, as well as drive prices for other things in the area down. I doubt current ISPs will be willing to match prices per mbps, because, in most cases, if they sell if for a certain price at one place, and a much much higher price in another, it becomes a state run case of gouging and price fixing. Look at Charter in monticello, MN versus other places. If charter wanted to continue to offer their all inclusive with 100mbps price in monticello, they had to offer the same deal to the rest of the state.

atuarre
Here come the drums
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Conroe, TX

2 recommendations

Re: Go Google Go

Like they were going to shake up the wireless market during the spectrum auction? A lot of people are going to get their hopes let down. If you have not learned after all this time about Google, well, you will never learn.

88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness

Re: Go Google Go

I'm pretty sure the people in KC are pretty happy now.

moddestmike

join:2009-01-26
Houston, TX
That was a calculated move I'm almost sure of. The Schmidt even stated they never had intentions of running as a carrier. Excerpt from an article composed shortly after the auction:

"All they were after was open access," said analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley.
"Google didn't really want to buy spectrum. They got what they wanted and they got it on the cheap. It was a nice strategy well executed."
Before the auction, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt assured reporters the California firm had no intentions to buy the spectrum, "build a network and put all these mobile devices out there."
"Wouldn't it be better if all these other companies do that and we just sit back and reap a benefit?" Schmidt said. "The auction is a tactic to an outcome and the outcome is end-user choice."
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH

Re: Go Google Go

what's his excuse on the Nexus One not taking off and shaking up the wireless maket with unlocked phones? that never happened either, and it actually stopped.

delusion ftl

@comcast.net

Re: Go Google Go

What are you talking about. It's still going, they don't sell the nexus one anymore because that was 3 years ago. Now you can buy an unlocked galaxy nexus for 350 dollars off contract.
treyatl2006

join:2012-01-26
Atlanta, GA
The nexus one is years old so I do not know about that. I do know the Galaxy Nexus sales are very strong!

mob
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said by 25139889:

what's his excuse on the Nexus One not taking off and shaking up the wireless maket with unlocked phones? that never happened either, and it actually stopped.

Uh, feel free to swing over to the Android Forum and let all of us Galaxy Nexus owners that have unlocked and rooted our phones that they don't exist since they were "stopped".
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
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Google did mildly shake things up...they bid up the Upper C block to the point that Verizon Wireless has to do (somewhat) open access on that spectrum. Which is one reason why the company no longer charges for tethering on its new plans (the other being that they're really expensive), and why they no longer block tethering apps in Google Play's store.

Also, Google invested heavily in Clearwire. This ended up not being such a wise investment, but you can't fault Google for not trying to crack the mobile market via Clear (who still sells unlimited data card service, something even Sprint doesn't do).
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH

Re: Go Google Go

Sprint chooses NOT to do it.
georgeglass5

join:2010-06-07
New York, NY
Umm, yeah they still charge the tethering fee, although, I believe its now called a "Monthly Line Access fee" and its $40 on top of whatever plan one chooses.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2

Re: Go Google Go

That fee also covers unmetered voice and text, as well as the subsidy on the phone. The subsidy is why smartphones are $40, not tethering.
Kamus

join:2011-01-27
El Paso, TX
said by atuarre:

Like they were going to shake up the wireless market during the spectrum auction? A lot of people are going to get their hopes let down. If you have not learned after all this time about Google, well, you will never learn.

Meh, I don't care. Eventually we're all going to get much faster speeds with or with out google (and with or with out the incumbents)

So for now, lets let those that are getting ahead of the curve enjoy the ride. I wish i was one of them T_T
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH
not true. Google has to operate the network FOR ONLY 2 years. After 2 years they can offload it if they don't see it making them any money. Not the other way around. you can NOT force a company to keep a network there if it is NOT going to make them any money. Google and any other company would sue the locals beyond what they could even count in zero's if they did that.

Also the only way Google is going to see any profit from their HSI offerings is to pump that data back to their datacenter and ship it direct to their peering partners- meaning watch for L3 and others to start crying and depeering with Google.
axus

join:2001-06-18
Washington, DC
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Comcast caps were reasonable when they were introduced, though obviously they become unreasonable if never raised. TWC is moving a lot of resources to Kansas City because of Google, the competition is good for their customers. I had Comcast a while ago, never had TWC but from what I've heard I'd rather have Comcast.

trparky
Apple... YUM
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Cleveland, OH
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Re: Go Google Go

I have TWC now and never had a problem.

88615298
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West Tenness

Re: Go Google Go

If it wasn't for this site you'd be dealing with a 40 GB cap with TWC right now.
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH

Re: Go Google Go

LMAO! you really think that the reason for that was because of Karl? LMAO! Drinking the Karl-Aid eh? Total BS! Him and Philip are twins and people on here like you believe EVERY damn thing that they "publish/write about". TWC's caps are coming and it will happen. The same as people like you claimed that AT&T would NEVER cap their users either. Once ALL the major players start doing it, everyone else will follow, it's only a matter of time.
Kamus

join:2011-01-27
El Paso, TX

Re: Go Google Go

said by 25139889:

LMAO! you really think that the reason for that was because of Karl? LMAO! Drinking the Karl-Aid eh? Total BS! Him and Philip are twins and people on here like you believe EVERY damn thing that they "publish/write about". TWC's caps are coming and it will happen. The same as people like you claimed that AT&T would NEVER cap their users either. Once ALL the major players start doing it, everyone else will follow, it's only a matter of time.

I personally can't wait for them to do this. Their attempt to limit progress in broadband will help usher a new era in broadband.

LightS
Premium
join:2005-12-17
Greenville, TX
You can continue to bash Karl all that you want; I don't care. However, don't act like he posts untrue information, or as if you could do better. All news is biased, and Karl has his point of views that he leans towards. You really think the major company's don't have shills coming on here?

All of your comments on these news articles are just jabs towards people, primarily Karl, and never have any inherent value to them.
iansltx

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I have TWC. The connection isn't as fast as I could get if I were in Comcast territory (I know this because I spent nearly four years as a Comcast customer), however latency is reasonable and pricing isn't horrible (but it isn't amazing either). I am seeing less than advertised speeds at times, but I'm also on TWC's highest-end plan, so there's less room for error on their part, and I'm still generally getting speeds above what their next-highest tier provides.

Perfect? Nope. But I haven't yet had latency spikes that I had come to take for granted on Comcast.
Kamus

join:2011-01-27
El Paso, TX
said by axus:

Comcast caps were reasonable when they were introduced

I disagree. There was no technical merit for the caps back then. And what we see today, is clear evidence of that.
You see, they aren't as stupid as people might think they are. They saw what a few people were using the internet for back then (video) and they they put those caps in place to try and prevent everyone else to start doing it.

tshirt
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and all the free press they're generating..

.. you called it perfectly, Karl.
this is a stall from the recent Highly publicised, Annoucment Day event.
rather than it coming out as another short delay, they whipped in to a google fiber frenzy competition.
little to do with sensible availability by construction completion, We'll make you BEG like dogs "do me first", " no, do me first"... you sense-less bitches, you fell for the old pill in the t-bone bit, and they'll have you at their pleasure.

I expect this from KC Missouri where even the public officials appear to have fail basic biology, really basic law, stone age sociology, and common decency but KC, KS? you people are smarter than................never mind!

tiger72
SexaT duorP
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Re: and all the free press they're generating..

said by tshirt:

I expect this from KC Missouri where even the public officials appear to have fail basic biology, really basic law, stone age sociology, and common decency but KC, KS? you people are smarter than................never mind!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Wow. What an idiot.
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25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH
Totally agree. And i'll bet along with others Google will NOT keep this beta project AFTER 2 years. They'll sell it to Surewest and it will be done with.

Shareholders are going to want $$$$ brought back in and Google won't be making it. And on top of that peering partners are going to want equal traffic passed back and forth- something that may NEVER happen, what happens then? Google basically looses a LOT of traffic or has to start paying for it, regardless of how big their fiber network is.

Google has turned this into a cat and mouse show and Karl is making out on it with his pay check from them over and over again.
BosstonesOwn

join:2002-12-15
Wakefield, MA
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Re: and all the free press they're generating..

Big words there.. Realize that even though google is public all control is still the founding groups right now. So they still get to do as they please.
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"It's always funny until someone gets hurt......and then it's absolutely friggin' hysterical!"

LightS
Premium
join:2005-12-17
Greenville, TX
That's quite the claim; 'shareholders are going to want their money back" - Duh. But that doesn't mean that their weeping and crying is going to suddenly change how Google operates with new services, and they magically start paying out dividends because of a fiber rollout.

The thing is, Google's shareholders haven't gotten a dividend in a long time - and I haven't heard, or seen of ANY complaints from ANY of the shareholders demanding dividends. In fact, some would say that they are used to not getting one!
xenophon

join:2007-09-17
That nutjob is from NYC originally and is not associated to KC area. KCMO and KCK are hard core DEM.

tshirt
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Snohomish, WA
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Google has made the big investment, I sure they'd like to keep tight control/collect data for many years.
the only reasons they might pull the escape clause is if
1} some controversial issue arises that makes them look bad (people running porn, or pirate bay type sites) that they can't quash. (though bailing out or turning the network over to DoJ as the third party, won't help the Google legacy much) Hope that ToS is really tight.

2} something causes people to hate google (like finding out those in house security cameras run all the time, or an embarassing leak of the users info, etc.) that causes the experiment value, use of the network under there management to drop to worthless, PR sucking values.

3} somewhere down the road they decide they have learn all the can, and it isn't possible/worthwhile for them to pursue fibering additional cities.