As the clock ticks down until the midnight deadline Sunday to pre-register for Google Fiber service, organizers are going offline and into the neighborhoods to be sure people know time is almost up.
In the final days before the deadline, Google Fiber took to the streets Saturday to help neighborhoods with pre-registration goals to be eligible for hook-ups. Organizers answered questions from deal details to basic information about how having the Internet at home can help.
"Twenty-five percent of Kansas Citians don't have access to the Internet, and that is becoming even more important these days. You can't apply for a job without the Internet. It is important for education for our kids," Google spokeswoman Jenna Wandres said.
Google Fiber focused Saturday on the area east of Troost Avenue to try to close the digital divide.
"If you go to Johnson County, they have the tablets. They are walking around with laptops, our kids don't have tablets," neighbor Monsherry Terrell said.
To even the field, Google Fiber offered a deal: pay $25 a month for one year, then get free service for the next seven, and neighborhood schools get hooked up for free.
"If they can get over here and get these children the technology they need, then they have Internet to do their homework. They have access to do research," Terrell said.
So before time runs out, organizers made sure everyone got the message about the 100 times faster Internet, leaving no one behind and no one disconnected.
The Swope Park area is still not quite at their goal, but by Saturday night, 149 out of 202 Fiberhoods were signed up.
To find out if Google Fiber is available in your neighborhood, log on to fiber.google.com and pre-register to get hooked up.
Kansas City Public Schools is also joining the last-minute push to get neighborhoods qualified, as Fiberhoods. They held a registration event Saturday at the Gregg Klice Community Center, along with councilman Jermaine Reed.
Volunteers also called people who live near schools, to encourage them to sign up. The phone bank also raised money to help people who could not pay the $10 registration fee.
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