The clock is ticking for neighborhoods to sign up for Google Fiber. The deadline to be part of the initial installation is Sunday.
As of Thursday afternoon, 52 out of 74 fiberhoods in Kansas have met the sign-up goal. On the Missouri side 78 out of 128 fiberhoods have met the goal.
Area schools have a lot riding on all this - they'll get free Google Fiber if their neighborhood is wired.
The Kansas City Public Schools will operate a special hotline on Thursday and Friday to help its families and patrons get better informed about the Google Fiber project.
The hotline number is 816-418-NEWS (6397). Volunteers will answer incoming questions and place calls to interested parties regarding how the project could support schools, increase access to homes and narrow the digital divide. General hotline hours are 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
While KCPS does not endorse products, it supports efforts to share information so its constituents may make informed decisions. For additional information, please visit google.com/fiber.
Churches also aim to educate their congregations.
The Rev. Robert Milan Jr. is pastor of Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church. He said Google Fiber can help improve the lives of his parishioners and is encouraging them to sign up.
"We go into a world that we have to work, we have to earn a living, that's so much of a technological system so to speak now," Milan said. "We're interested because it enhances learning and the ability to learn through technology."
Milan and others have helped the neighborhood qualify to get Google Fiber.
He hopes to offer computer training classes for the neighborhood.
"We have to keep that in front of them, minister to the whole man," Milan said.
However, others are concerned Google Fiber could widen the gap between the haves and have-nots.
"The resource levels in higher income areas really far outpace what's available in the lower income areas and it does make a difference," said Pamela Penn-Hicks with the Quindarao Northeast Neighborhood.
Schools get Google Fiber for free in neighborhoods that sign up.
"I'm a big advocate for exposure," Penn-Hicks said. "The more you expose children to and expand their world, the more they're going to want to put that time in their education in order to go forward in a career."
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