11 Sept 2012 reads of the day: Google fiber update, community WiFi software and more

90 percent of Kansas City neighborhoods sign up for Google fiber: 180 out of the 202 “fiberhoods” in Kansas City have met the minimum number of residents (who preregistered and paid a small fee) required for Google to come in and deliver FTTH service. I would say that’s a success. (Ars Technica)

Broadcom includes community Wi-Fi software on DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem gateway platforms: The community Wi-Fi software transforms residential Wi-Fi modems and gateways into hot spots, giving cable subscribers quick Wi-Fi connections on the go (but only in areas where people have signed up to the same cable company’s service). This does make it easier for cable operators to create large scale Wi-Fi hot zones. However, I don’t see how an operator can provide Wi-Fi in public squares and along sidewalks unless it mounts equipment outdoors to transmit Wi-Fi signals. Nevertheless this is very interesting in light of the Verizon/Comcast deal. (Broadcom)

Can you survive in New York City just using free Wi-Fi: An Australian traveler finds out if he can still stay connected using only free Wi-Fi (hint: go to Starbucks, Grand Central Station and Apple stores). (LifeHacker Australia)