Longears is in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and I gleefully hailed the news that Google chose KC for the very first installations of their new, super-high speed Google fiber network. No more waiting for my Flickr uploads!
Google started with a few communities nearby, and then expanded out toward Longears. Each city would receive Google Fiber based on the percentage of the population willing to sign up for it. Naturally, I signed up faster than a rabbit running from my
Sadly, the city I live in had some concerns about the wording on the Google contract - you know the kind of thing you find in so many documents, similar to the "hold harmless" clause in every school filed trip permission slip:
"I will hold the school system harmless for any injury befalling my child".
I always added, "I expect reasonable care and supervision to be provided." Not that I believe it is legally possible to sign away your rights, but just in case they ended up dropping my son off at the local strip club with a fake ID, I thought I should clarify my intentions. But I digress.
My city became so concerned with the contract wording (that same wording that a dozen or so other local cities had blithely nodded and agreed to) that Google announced they could not wait for my city to agree, and they moved off to other areas. So I will be without that good rabbit.
The irony is not lost on me.