Bernstein: Google Fiber adoption numbers look good (DSL Broadband Reports) May 7, 2013

Google has been fairly tight lipped when it comes to hard take up numbers for their Google Fiber services, but a report this week by Bernstein Research indicates that around a third of the homes that can currently get Google Fiber are doing so. According to the survey, around ten to fifteen percent of those in Google Fiber’s footprint take the “free” service, which delivers 5 Mbps speeds for no monthly charge after users pay a $300 installation fee. Everyone else goes for the speedier symmetrical 1 Gbps offering for $70, which waives the installation fee. 

Google Fiber earns good grades from early customers (Seattle Times) May 5, 2013

Installers show up on time. Headquarters often tells customers when something needs to be fixed without prompting. Unsolicited credits sometimes show up on bills to account for small service glitches.Google Fiber expanding to Shawnee, KS (Fierce Cable) May 3, 2013

…While the Shawnee City Council gave Google the green light Thursday night to build its fiber network, which can deliver download speeds of 1 Gbps, the Internet giant said it hasn’t determined when construction will begin. “We still have a lot of planning and engineering work to do before we’re ready to bring Fiber to Shawnee,” Rachel Hack, Google Fiber’s community manager, wrote in a blog post.

Kansas City Public Library initiates super wi-fi pilot (Broadband Properties) May 2, 2013

The KCK Public Library announced that an agreement was signed to examine the potential for the library system to use new unlicensed radio spectrum known as “Super Wi-Fi” to supply wireless broadband connectivity to a branch library and other public spaces in Kansas City, Kansas.

Ottawa launches own fiber optic network (Community Broadband Networks) April 25, 2013

Ottawa, located in east central Kansas, recently launched its own municipal fiber network. The community of 13,000 in Franklin County watched nearby Chanute build and establish its own broadband utility. Ottawa plans a similar incremental strategy. Both communities boast strong farming traditions and host industrial employers that could not get what they needed from the existing providers.

High-speed internet closer to reality for some (Fort Scott Tribune) April 22, 2013

Businesses in Fort Scott are closer to getting high-speed Internet access. And while that’s one step removed for the area’s residents, still, progress is being made.

AT&T, Knology will face Wicked Broadband’s 1 Gig service in Lawrence, KS (Fierce Telecom) April 18, 2013

AT&T and Knology are now going to face a new competitor in Lawrence, Kan., from Wicked Broadband, the latest service provider to follow the spirit of Google Fiber with its own 1 Gbps fiber to the home service.

Kansas getting another 1 GBPS provider (DSL Broadband Reports) April 18, 2013

Kansas is getting another 1 Gbps provider, but this time not powered by Google. Lawrence-based Wicked Broadband this week announced they’ll be offering 1 Gbps connections in the hopes that all the business attention doesn’t go to Kansas City. Wicked will offer 1 Gbps for $100 per month; 100 Mbps for $70 per month and 20 Mbps for $50 a month — with no usage caps.

Google fiber expansion to bring high-speed internet to Olathe, KS (Macgasm) March 20, 2013

Google recently announced that it would be bringing high-speed Internet service to the city of Olathe, Kansas, a Kansas City suburb with about 125,000 residents. This is the first major expansion of Google Fiber, Google’s own Internet and video service that will compete with local cable companies.

Google fiber begins to expand outside of Kansas City (GCN) March 21, 2013

Commercial providers and municipalities have clashed over whether municipalities could provide broadband on their own in areas where commercial service is not available. In 2011, for example, North Carolina, after years of lobbying by the cable and telecom industry, joined 19 other states in passing a law that would make it nearly impossible for cities to operate their own networks.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said at the time the law “will discourage municipal governments from addressing deployment in communities where the private sector has failed to meet broadband service needs.” Clyburn had earlier described the bill as “a significant barrier to broadband deployment and may impede local efforts to promote economic development.”

Kansas lags nation in high-speed internet (Wichita Business Journal) February 11, 2013

Only about a quarter of Kansas households have Internet service fast enough to stream audio and video, The Wichita Eagle reports. That’s well behind the national average of 40 percent.

Kansas City joins state, cities with Chief Innovation Officers (Governing Magazine) January 25, 2013

The list of Chief Innovation Officers in public agencies is growing, as evidenced by appointments at the state and local levels — Maryland, Massachusetts, San Francisco and Philadelphia, to name a few — and in education, at Chicago Public Schools.

Google’s high-speed Internet in Kansas draws startup businesses (Lunarsoft) January 14, 2013

Inside a small bungalow on the street separating Kansas City, Kan., from its sister city in Missouri, a small group of entrepreneurs are working on their ideas for the next high-tech startup, tapping Google Inc.’s new superfast Internet connection that has turned the neighborhood into an unlikely settlement dubbed the “Silicon Prairie.”


Fiberhoods new destination for start-up businesses (Community Broadband Networks) October 25, 2012

As more and more businesses consider broadband a critical utility, property demand reflects the need for high-speed Internet. In Kansas City, property designated as a future Fiberhood is already in high demand. Phillip Dampier reports inStop the Cap! that tech businesses are relocating to get the jump on the gigabit fiber service, inching property values up in targeted areas.

We can’t all be in Google’s Kansas: A plan for winning the bandwidth race (Wired Opinion) October 2, 2012

Even though America is in a “global bandwidth race” and our “nation’s future economic security is tied to frictionless and speedy access to information,” according to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s latest speech – we don’t have a plan for winning that race.

Market demand knocks down regulatory barriers in Kansas City fiber deployment (Ars Technica) September 27, 2012

In response to my analysis of Google FiberTimothy B. Lee at Ars Technica says the Google Fiber deployment is “hardly an example of the free market in action.” Lee notes that Google received subsidized access to local government resources in the Kansas City area to support its fiber deployment. As I disclosed in my initial analysis, however, I agree that Google’s deployment did not occur in an unfettered free market. Our analyses don’t differ on the publicly available facts surrounding the Google Fiber deployment-they differ on the inferences and policy lessons that can be reasonably drawn from those facts.

Google Fiber’s gigabit gamble has implications far beyond KC (Kansas City Star) September 24, 2012

MO: For Google Inc.’s Internet service to change the world, it must do more than just change Kansas City.

The tech behemoth’s grand gamble here – due to launch in homes near Westport and State Line roads next month – could determine whether Google or other companies bother to super-wire other cities. Any encores, tech industry analysts say, require a debut with two clear successes.

For Kansas City, Google Internet drive becomes civic cause (New York Times) September 10, 2012

With Google’s promise last year to wire homes, schools, libraries and other public institutions in this city with the nation’s fastest Internet connection, community leaders on the long forlorn, predominantly black east side were excited, seeing a potentially uplifting force. They anticipated new educational opportunities for their children and an incentive for developers to build in their communities.

Taxpayers subsidizing Google Fiber project (Computer World) September 7, 2012

Google’s free rights of way, power and office space in Kansas City called ‘sweetheart deal’ by some, great value to region by others.

How Kansas City taxpayers support Google fiber (Ars Technica) September 7, 2012

On Wednesday, Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai released a statement praising the Google Fiber project as a model for other metropolitan areas to follow. He argued that it shows that “it is critically important that states and local communities adopt broadband-friendly policies when it comes to rights-of-way management.”

Former Pleasant Hill mayor will lead Cass County Commission (Kansas City Star)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s selection of Terry Wilson has finally brought the Cass County Commission to full strength…

…Among the immediate priorities, he said, are the ongoing high-speed Internet and broadband discussions and the overall budget.

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