Shortly before Google is set to announce its Fiber network in Kansas City, we're seeing what looks like the first details of its plan. Late last night, a Reddit user posted a link to an apparent pre-registration page on Google's Fiber site. The page was taken down soon after, but a screenshot shows a list of "fiberhoods" and target percentages for each. According to the poster, the process requires a refundable fee that will be deducted from the first bill once fiber is installed. Google looks to be introducing a couple of competitive elements as well. First, it's determining which neighborhoods get the network first based on how many pre-registrations have been collected by September 9th, meaning that we might be looking at a launch date of fall or later.
To sweeten the deal, Google also seems to be offering free Fiber to a local school in each neighborhood that meets its pre-registration target of 5 or 10 percent of households. It's not clear whether that means a set period of free service or something else, but it's a pretty good deal for places with the requisite level of interest. We're expecting more details soon, this time from Google itself.