Google Fiber on Minds of Metro Neighborhoods

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -  It's crunch time for neighborhoods to get enough people to sign up for the super-fast internet and become Google "Fiberhoods".

The William White neighborhood still needs a little more than 50 people to register, even after an event to rally neighbors at Trinity Community Church Monday.

Bob Evans said, "This is crunch time that's all I can say about it."

Sept. 9 is the deadline to pre-register to get Google Fiber. It's internet that'll be 100 times faster than today's average broadband, among other improvements.

If enough residents register, a "Fiberhood" is born and with service to homes, comes free service to schools in the area.

But the William White "Fiberhood" needs more signatures, and Evans along with other neighborhood groups, is trying to get them.

"I'm stressed I'm overwhelmed but I'm determined I'm going to get this done for my fiberhood and for every other student I can in KCK and KCMO.

Evans is a retired teacher. He said  this would help William Allen White Elementary and West Middle School.

Those 55 people would effectively put the internet in the hands of over 1000 students," he said

Evans said the biggest challenge he faces, are schools can't help get the word out because they can't promote a private entity.

He also said many children in the area attend other schools, so they've told him, it's not their problem

But one woman who lives in the neighborhood said her issue isn't either.

"One, I can't afford it and it's not on one of my top priority list, and I don't have internet service at home. I have it through my phone, so at this point, faster is not an issue for me," Amy Casares said

So while a Evans tries to rally a group, at least Casares is already saying no

"I think that's awesome because the day that we're living in now, everything is computerized, so I mean why not, because it's for the kids. But as far as it goes for me I'm fine with my phone internet," Casares said.

A Google Giber representative said their are packages that could work for people who are worried about the financial impact.

He also said as long as "Fiberhood"s meet their threshold for a minimum number of pre-registrations, they'll be able to get it after that.   He said if neighbors miss their target, their areas won't get Google Giber, at least for now.

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