Prairie Village residents flock to Google Fiber presentation for answers

Peter Gogol, president of the Countryside East Homes Association in Prairie Village, was picking up information about the plans Monday.
Peter Gogol, president of the Countryside East Homes Association in Prairie Village, was picking up information about the plans Monday.

More than 90 people from Prairie Village turned out for a community night at the Google Fiber Space Monday to learn more about Google’s plans for deployment and what they will actually get when Google does arrive.

The evening started with a tour and product demonstrations so residents could see the equipment that will be installed in the home and demonstrations on how it works. A sampling of answers to popular tour questions:
• The Google box serves as a router for wi-fi in the house, no other router needed
• The boxes that go with each TV set will boost a wireless signal
• Existing coaxial cable in the house will suffice; if it is too old, Google will replace it
• The DVR that comes with the setup can hold up to 500 hours of HD programming and record eight shows at once
• No extra box is needed to access Netflix movies
• No single-family residence signups are being taken yet
• No commercial service is available yet
• Home based businesses can use it subject to certain conditions
• If your utilities come to the house underground, it is likely Google fiber will, too
• The signup process is different for apartment and condo dwellers

After the tours, it was across the parking lot for food and a short presentation followed by more questions and answers. The big question still has no answer: when will it be available in northeast Johnson County. The Google team is doing network design right now, but installation is still focused on the Kansas City neighborhoods where some residents signed up more than a year ago. The “fiberhood” signup method will be used in Prairie Village and surrounding communities when it comes.

Residents who miss a community night can still tour the Google Fiber Space at State Line and Westport Road, see the demonstrations and get questions answered. The building (farthest from the corner of the two buildings) is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More product information is available online.

Community nights are still scheduled for Leawood (Oct. 1) Roeland Park (Oct. 22) and Fairway (Nov. 4). The Google Fiber Space calendar has links to register for attending those nights as well as Saturday information sessions that are open to residents of any community.