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Google Fiber Launched in Kansas City

In Google, Google Fiber, internet, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, TV on July 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Google announced today the launch of its Google Fiber service – a 1 gigabit internet speeds, available to Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO “fiber hoods.”

As demonstrated in the press conference, Google Fiber will enable internet speeds of 100 times faster than current internet speed.

Fast, right? But how fast? In comparison, if you two cars were to drive from downtown Kansas City to New York, by the time the faster car reached New York City, the slower car would have just made it to Kauffman Stadium. That’s how much faster Google Fiber is than broadband internet services.

Also in a surprise announcement, Google introduced its new TV service which includes “all your favorite channels,” all in HD, a sleek TV box, and a Nexus 7 tablet that acts as the remote control at no extra charge. In addition, the TV box acts as a hot spot for your internet devices, and according to the people at Google Fiber, you will never have dropped internet or TV service again.

What Google didn’t mention is they are not carrying channels from Disney (ESPN et al), Time Warner (HBO/CNN/TNT), or AMC (and some of my other favorite channels like HGTV, CartoonNetwork, and DIY Network). However they did mention that premium movie channels would be available for an extra fee. Click here and scroll to the bottom for the full list of channels.

Now here’s the interesting part. In order to get these services, the fiber optic construction has to be directly connected to your home or office, with a fee of $300. And in order to have your home or office connected, a good portion of your neighbors also have to pre-register for the service, which can be done at google.com/fiber.

So Google Fiber is running a 6 week rally, somewhat of a contest, to see which “fiber hoods” in the KCK and KCMO areas will receive service first. The “fiber hoods” that meet their pre-registrant goal will receive the service first.

Ok, ok. How much does it cost?

Google is offering three packages for service: internet and TV, internet only, or connection only.

  1. Gigabit Internet and TV for $120 a month
  2. Gigabit Internet only for $70 a month
  3. Free internet (5 megabits down, 1 megabit up) for up to 7 years for a one-time $300 construction fee. With this package you can upgrade to Google Fiber at any time.

Additionally, the $300 construction fee will be waived for the first and second package plans if you sign up for a 2 or 1 year contract, respectively.

At this time, the areas available for service appear to be neighborhoods in Kansas City, MO, Kansas City, KS and parts of Wyandotte County. The rest of us will have to wait an estimated 1-3 years to get in on the good stuff.

Hopefully the TV channel list will be more extensive by then.

To learn more about Google Fiber and to experience it first hand, visit the Google Fiber space at 1814 Westport Rd., opening July 28th. *by reservation only*

Watch the full announcement here.

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