Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) said at least 180 of the 202 "fiberhoods" (areas serving 250 to 1,500 homes) in the Kansas Cities had met their pre-registration goals just before Sunday night's deadline. Google said it will reveal all the fiberhoods that made the cut, and the order in which they will be constructed, on Thursday. But this means at least 89 percent of the fiberhoods involved in the first six-week Google Fiber "rally" will receive services, which include a $70 per month symmetrical 1Gbit/s service and an optional TV bundle that starts at $120 per month. Google Fiber has also committed to offer a 5Mbit/s downstream, 1Mbit/s upstream service for free for at least seven years to customers who agree to pay the upfront $300 construction fee.
As of Friday, only 66 percent of the fiberhoods had qualified for service. Once the final figures are tallied, Google Fiber will create its buildout plan and then open up the site so qualified households can pick and choose their services. Fiberhoods that didn't make the cut this time around will get a shot at a future rally, "sometime next year," Kevin Lo, general manager of Google Access, noted on the Google Fiber blog. (See Nearly 67% of Google's 'Fiberhoods' Reach Goal, How Long Will Google Keep the Fiber Flowing? and Google Fiber Bundles TV, Shuns Data Caps.)
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable