New website dedicated to helping get Google Fiber in communities - KCTV5

New website dedicated to helping get Google Fiber in communities

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Several neighborhoods have banded together and do what they have to do to prequalify to achieve fiberhood status, but some say many areas that are eligible just don't have the resources. Now, there's a new website dedicated to helping neighborhoods become fiberhoods.

Whether a person is in the Strugglers Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, KS, or across the state line in the Blue Hills area, there's a new online coalition working to make sure the homes have access to some of the fastest internet around.

"If you don't have that access, you are living in another world. The whole idea behind the digital divide is it's not good for anyone to live in two different worlds in that sense," President of Social Media Club KC Aaron Deacon said.

Social Media Club of Kansas City has launched the Paint the Town Green campaign. The club has teamed up with the brain trust behind Neighbor.ly, an online platform designed to make it easier for the community to band together on various civic project.

"The goal right now is $5,000. That goes to offer connections, the pre-registration fee and educate disconnected households," Sean Connolly with Neighbor.ly said.

The group has created a video to encourage people all across the world to donate money in an effort to help homeowners foot Google's $10 pre-registration fee which eventually paves the way for fiber service.

Organizers said it's not just the homeowners who stand to gain from fiber access - in most cases schools and government buildings will get free access as well.

"With access with fiber they have businesses and others benefiting from fiber so, if their fiberhood is greenlit, they get free fiber so it's in their own best interest to donate toward this campaign." Connolly said.

The site launched this week and the groups have already passed the $1,000 mark. The donations aren't limited to just the Kansas City area either. Connolly said they've gotten money from all over the country.

Click here to donate to the Paint the Town Green campaign.

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