Brad DeLong posts a screenshot of the current Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) Google Fiber neighborhoods map and highlights the stark green and yellow dividing line in KCMO. Interestingly, KCK is a little more geographically dispersed.
If you're unfamiliar with Google Fiber, it's in the process of pre-registering interest for the high-speed internet and TV service being piloted by Google in Kansas City. Google has set thresholds for individual neighborhoods throughout Kansas City for a set percentage of residents to pre-register their interest for the service by September 9. Residents in eligible neighborhoods pay a $10 registration fee (that goes towards the first months bill), and then 'compete' against one another for overall rankings, with the promise that the neighborhoods with the highest pre-registration percentages will be the first to receive service.Here is a combined cap of both Kansas City, Kansas (KCK) and KCMO:
(you can see the maps for each city natively here).
Green = neighborhood has reached its goal
Orange = near goal, but not quite there
Yellow = not close to goal
Kansas City natives will recognize that vertical line separating the green and yellow in KCMO as Troost Avenue. Our own Kansas City Star had an article last week about the disparity, pointing to economic issues. This doesn't really make much sense to me because there is a free option--if you pay the installation fee ($300 spread over 12 months = $25 a month for 1 year), you can get free 5 mbps internet for 7 years. This comes out to internet access for 7 years for $3.57 a month (and with the option to upgrade service in the future). I need someone to explain to me why this is not a tremendous incentive to sign up for Google Fiber. This leads me to suspect the problem is more than economic; it's mechanical. You pre-register via the google fiber website. This creates a problem for households without existing internet access.
FCC June 2011 Internet Access map (constant connections over 200 kbps--I have zoomed in to the KC area):
Troost also appears to be a dividing line for internet access, which naturally you might expect given the economics and additional monthly cost an internet connection brings. But in this case it's a huge mechanical issue. It might just be a problem for a service that is primarily targeting sign-ups through the internet. How exactly does Google expect people who don't currently have access to the internet to register for their service?