Google, the most recognizable search engine, has just released Google Fiber, and Kansas City residents are the first to experience the advantage of its lightning speed Internet and TV service. The product has been under construction for almost 2 years and claims to provide connection speeds at 1,000Mb per second, more than doubling that of its competitor, Verizon. Google hopes that Fiber will be a triumph, exceeding consumers’ needs at a competitive price.
Anyone curious about this new technology can swing by “Fiber Space” off of Westport Road in Kansas City, MO to see the blazing fast surfing and downloading abilities Google Fiber offers. There will be several community events and special presentations held here throughout the month of August, but if you are interested in acquiring the high-speed service, make sure you pre-register for it by September 9.
Other than providing Internet speeds 100 times faster than conventional options, Google Fiber boasts thousands of movies and TV shows on demand. Hundreds of those channels will be streamed in crystal clear HD. If you are too busy to watch your favorite shows when they air, it offers 2 terabytes of storage and the ability to record up to 8 programs at once. With an abundance of bandwidth, you will find endless entertainment at your fingertips.
Google Fiber is a multifaceted animal, as it offers TV and Internet in one convenient package. Subscribers will pay $120 per month for the service, or just $70 if they opt for only Internet. Additionally, the installation fee is waived depending on the type and length of a contract. Without signing this agreement, the construction fee is $300.
Google has set goals of achieving a certain amount of applicants in many different neighborhoods. Since many of these areas are more spread out than their urban counterparts, there is more difficulty in connecting these homes under this new service. There is more time and labor involved in implementing Google Fiber in these areas, so Google hopes to acquire many subscribers in these areas to guarantee demand for the service.
Some schools are hoping to benefit from the launch of Google Fiber. If neighborhoods meet the necessary quota of subscribers, then schools within them will experience the advantage of this high speed Internet for free. This would allow countless new opportunities for children to learn and easier access for parents to be involved in the process.
Unfortunately, businesses will find that they are not eligible for Google Fiber. At this time, only residences can experience this revolutionary product. However, many public buildings will host Fiber. Both Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO joined forces to create a list of sites that would be lucky enough to provide Google Fiber.
Despite the appeals of Google Fiber, its availability is limited. It is easy to get excited about the possibility of possessing blazing fast broadband at home or work, but for now, pre-registration is only available in Kansas City. Additionally, experts are viewing this service as more of an experimental project, and Google has not yet divulged its plans for expansion.