Google Fiber appears to be connecting with residents of Kansas City. Just over a week after Google launched its ultra high-speed (1 gigabit) Internet service, at least 46 neighborhoods — or fiberhoods, as Google calls them — have signed-up to receive the service.
To put that number in context: That’s 22 percent of the 202 “fiberhoods” that Google has drawn up to cover households in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas, two distinct cities that form one major metropolitan region on the border between Kansas state and Missouri.
Google declined to specify how many individual households had signed up to receive the service, but a spokesperson told TPM that: “Fiberhoods contain anywhere between 250 to 1500 households.”
Another firm, Macquarie Capital, estimates that Google has signed up 7,000 households, or 4 percent of the total region, as The Business Insider reported.
A straight fiber connection? Yeah, I'd jump on this in a second if it were available here in Cincy. Not bad for just one week. Certainly Google's competition is running scared, Time Warner in KC is giving away $50 gift cards to keep customers.
Here's hoping we can get real internet in the US like they do in other countries.