With 7,000 households and 23 qualified fiberhoods, Google Fiber is off to a great start. However, a clear digital divide is quickly emerging with the vast majority of qualified fiberhoods along the affluent State Line corridor.
So far fiberhood map only shows a couple of qualified areas east of Troost in KCMO or in inside I-635 in KCK. Not only is the magic threshold a requirement for getting fiber, the fiberhoods that go the furthest past the threshold will be first in line to get hooked up. Right now those rankings are dominated by Brookside and Ward Parkway neighborhoods.
Google is responding to the emerging digital divide by announcing an expansion into affluent Johnson County in the small enclaves of Westwood, Westwood Hills, and Mission Woods.
But it’s not all roses in The Corridor. Many residents of apartment and condo buildings are reporting trouble signing. It seems Google assumed everyone here in flyover country lives in a single family home and not a fancy-pants high rise. The Pitch’s Jason Kendell explains what do to if you run into this roadblock.