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Google Announces Google Fiber, the Next Chapter of the Internet

Today, Google announced Google Fiber for Kansas City. Google Fiber is the “journey to bring ultra-high speed Internet to Kansas City.” With 1Gbps up/down data speeds, which is over 100 times faster than America’s average broadband connection, Google is setting out to re-shape what we think of the Internet and TV as a whole. Google also introduced an entire line of hardware that will work specifically with the service, including a network box, storage box, and even a TV box. From now on, buyers will be using Google for all of their Internet and TV needs. 

So, how much will it cost? Google announced three separate packages that buyers can choose from. There is a basic installation/construction fee of $300, which includes a Google Fiber team member physically coming to your home and running a fiber cable straight from the line and setting up all of the equipment for you. But, depending on which package you order, the $300 fee is waived. Here is a basic outline of the packages they will offer once roll out is ready to take place:

Packages:

Gigabit + TV:  $120/month – Sign up for a 2 year contract which then waives the $300 construction fee. Package includes 1Gbps up and down connectivity, full TV channel lineup (HD), no data caps, a Nexus 7 tablet to act as a remote, TV Box, Network Box, Storage Box, and 1TB of Google Driver storage space.

Gigabit + Internet:  $70/month – With 1 year contract agreement, the $300 construction fee is waived. Included in the package is 1Gbps up and down connectivity, the Network Box, and 1TB of Google Drive storage space.

Google is offering a third package for customers who aren’t quite ready for a 1Gbps commitment. They released this statement for people who want to enjoy 5MBps up/down speeds for free in their neighborhoods once Google Fiber arrives in their area:

We know that not everyone is ready to commit to a gig just yet. But we want to make sure you have the opportunity to upgrade when you’re ready. So if you pre-register and your fiberhood gets installed, you’ll have the option to get a 5 megabit per second (Mbps) connection for zero monthly charge, and your home will be wired and ready for the switch. The Free Internet option will cost $0 per month, although you will have to pay a $300 construction fee (which can either be paid at once, or in $25 monthly installments).

As for everyone else who does not live in KC, Google did not hint at any other cities that will see Google Fiber anytime soon. During the announcment, they kept mentioning how long the process was and how much work it took, so it could be many years before we see any type of country-wide access.

Lucky enough to live in Kansas City and witness the birth of Fiber? Register for Google Fiber here.

Full Event Video:

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Promo Video:

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Via: Google

  • tomn1ce

    I like the remote control. They should’ve include the Nexus Q with JB in the package as well….I hope they expand to other cities or to the entire country.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    I wish baltimore had this…!

    • GreenMeansGo

      I think we were in the running. Google had a competition a few years ago among several cities that were potential beneficiaries of Google Fiber. I think each city had to develop a plan showing how much they would benefit from having this service. Kansas City beat out Charm City and a bunch of other places, too.

  • Cócoras

    daora

  • Nathan Corachea

    wait what exactly is the tv box? is it like their old google tv stuff or what?

  • mikel61101

    Wish I still lived in KC…

  • Ny Reynolds

    What kind of TV package are you getting?

  • fvqu

    Am I the only one who remembers the Google Fiber Bar, April Fools joke?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re0VRK6ouwI

  • Tony Green

    Sign me up!

  • duke69111

    It’s about time something major is released in the Heartland of America first.

  • Bert336

    Greensboro, NC please ! i want that Google Rabbit running my internet connection!

  • matthew

    We need this is portland now, DOWN WITH COMCAST!!!

  • Trevor

    REALLY hope this service is super popular in Kansas so Google launches it in more cities. I’d dump Time Warner in a microsecond for this.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mechanizedapathy Shawn Brandel

    I’m on board as long as I don’t have to flush anything down my toilet.

  • 1ofdakoolkidz

    Really….Kansas, come on Dorothy! The whole US and you pick Kansas.

    • duke69111

      That’s because Kansas Rocks!!!! :)

      • MKader17

        Its probably because Kansas is small enough for them to keep up with demand.

  • Guest

    Time to move to Kansas

  • http://peoplewho.tumblr.com wireless G

    Kansas City?! Oh Google, why have you forsaken us?

  • cgalyon

    Hope they can make a successful run of this. We *need* more ISP competition in this country! Would love to see them in my area too

  • http://twitter.com/neutrontwin Jarrod Smeyers

    It is not 1GB/s it is 1Gbps which is equal to 125MB/s

    • MKader17

      Which is also equal to 128,000KB/s

      Considering my internet at work (which is the fastest I’ve even been on) runs at 9500 KB/s, I pay for the fastest residential internet in my town (2500 KB/s), and my girlfriends internet is capable of streaming HD Netflix at 375 KB/s I would say that 128,000KB/s is pretty impressive and it would be quite ridiculous to make remarks about the fact that it is not 1GB/s internet.

  • Dustin B.

    Just a few things. I think it’s awesome what they are doing, but the problem with the whole 1Gbps thing is that there will be a bottleneck that will make this a theoretical speed. Whether it’s at Google’s different upstream provider connections, or at the far end itself, 1Gbps is a theoretical max, I will bet that you can’t even run a speed test that will be able to show you those speeds, at least not currently. Also, I’m willing to bet that Google will not guarantee you those speeds at all times, as they can only really guarantee those within their infrastructure.

    • r0lct

      You have to start somewhere. I’m sure if you’re using Google’s services you’ll notice a faster experience than with traditional broadband since it’ll be all on-net.

    • MKader17

      I think I would be okay with that considering if it only ran at 2% of it’s theoretical max it would still be faster than the best internet in my town.

  • teng247

    im currently paying $70 for 100Mbps down and up w/ 1TB bandwidth cap a month for my FiOs. Cant complain, but would love to see Google come to drive the price even lower in Utah

    • http://twitter.com/mxfox408 Jake Fox

      Bandwidth cap? Meaning data limit? I’d say you got ripped off if that’s the case.

      • pezjono

        Can you honestly tell me you download more than 1TB (as in 1,024 gigabytes) of data in a month? What the hell are you downloading!?!?!

    • MKader17

      Dang that’s nice. It is $64 a month here for 30Mbps with no more than 500GB cap

  • Jim Dandy

    New Orleans was so close :(

  • http://www.goosio.com/ Adam Siekmann

    THIS! is why all the Nexus 7s are backordered!!

    Disclaimer: I enjoy my Nexus 7. No problems at all with it.

    • JoshGroff

      Cancelling my pre-order with Game Stop, there’s a Staples 30 minutes away with stock and I have family down that way. :)

  • Linux4ever

    Might want to change 1GB to 1Gb, 1GB = 1 Gigabyte and 1Gb = 1 Gigabit.

    • gutshot

      Yes, this is an important distinction.

      1GB = 1000 MBs
      1Gb = 125 MBs

      A BIG difference. Google’s service is fast, but not THAT fast.

      • Guest

        It’s still 50x my 20Mbps pipe that I pay just half that price for … :(

  • Keith0606

    dear google please expand nationwide

  • richard melcher

    Please Google Take my Money! I need this service yesterday, can you run a fiber line to my house in Las Vegas?

    • Richard Jackson

      Im with you come to Las Vegas. We got blackjack and strippers.

      • steveliv

        forget the blackjack…

      • steveliv

        and las vegas.. :P

  • Kyle

    This is the future!

  • jnt

    What could possibly take advantage of 1gb up/down in an average (or even above average techie) person’s home?

    • TheDrizzle

      We’ll figure that out, don’t worry.

    • coggy9

      Large downloads. It would be nice to download AOSP source in a minute.

      • jnt

        Most servers have caps that won’t even hit 2% of that kinda bandwidth.

  • maratu

    Wow, at those plans and prices, I seriously hope this catches on. This just blows the rest of ANY market in the states out of the water. The closest speed I can get in my area is 300mbps down and like 50 up, and that’s at $300/month. No tv. Good raptor jesus, I am so jealous.

    Also, that promo vid is great.

  • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

    wow. I hope this comes to my area soon. Depending on the channels, I’ll take it.

  • SirSoloDolo

    Mother of God!

    Please come to me nao

  • http://twitter.com/Keeblerheff Patrick Slavens

    WTB 1GB transfers that is wireless. Too forward thinking?

    • http://twitter.com/Keeblerheff Patrick Slavens

      In all honesty this Google Fiber looks awesome and I am legitimately jealous. :P

  • nb

    …I’m naming my first kid google.

    • Blood

      Lol Google Now is going to be acting up.

    • blood

      Google now is going to be acting up.

  • http://www.goosio.com/ Adam Siekmann

    It lacks a few cable channels such as ESPN, but since I really only want the Internet (who watches real tv anymore), it’s not a big deal. Jealous of people who will be getting this sadly. :(

    Now Google will have all your internet habits !! (not that they don’t already)

  • OMGWTFBBQ

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

    • Big Gay Al

      I want Google inside me ;)

      • JoshGroff
      • tomn1ce

        Start by squatting on a Nexus, then the Nexus Q followed by the Nexus 7….let us know how it goes/feels…I’m pretty sure that you’ll be on your own by doing this or in the ER… :-P

  • JoshGroff

    $300 + free monthly internet, especially at 5MB, that’s pretty freaking rad. I think right now we’re paying $20-30 month for 1MB down or some crap…

    Also, the Google ad says 1Gigabit not 1GigaByte

  • Matt Rusin

    curious: is there a combo option for tv and internet? or is that what the gigabit + tv package is?

    • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

      Yeah the TV package has the 1GB internet.

    • http://twitter.com/REN3GADE0715 The One

      Gigabit + TV is the combo package

  • http://www.facebook.com/isai90 Alberto Martinez

    I go to KU in Lawrence (about 30ish miles from KC) . Thinking about moving to KC next year because of this lol . But who knows maybe they will expand to Lawrence ?

  • mikeGsays

    While we’re ALL blown away by the 1GBPS, I think the bigger story here is Google offering free internet, with the $300 “construction fee” attached…. Imagine how many more people could be connected with FREE internet, it’s really impressive!

    Bring Fiber down here to Orlando and I’m off Brighthouse with a quickness…. I pay $80 a month for 40MBps, what I would do with a 1GBps connection!!!

    • ddevito

      who says it’s free?

      *EDIT* – sorry, yes the 5MB – good damn deal indeed. INDEEEED.

      • mikeGsays

        The article does, if you read it….

        “The Free Internet option will cost $0 per month, although you will have to pay a $300 construction fee”

        • r0lct

          So it’s not free then :P
          /troll

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=37401519 Greg Mattick

      Agreed – I’m just east of Orlando and so sick of this Brighthouse monopoly. Such a terrible service too.

      • QQpayne

        Try windstream sometime, its a nightmare of slow speeds and high prices.

    • http://Twitter.com/ContestsAccount bigrob60

      You would snipe noobs in COD all day. Right?

    • Allen Byrd

      Same here. When Google Fiber comes near Orlando, I’m getting rid of Bright House for good. Seriously, they suck.

  • Prime7

    Hopefully they expand and push out the incumbent ISPs.

  • TheRoosevelt

    How many people live in Kansas City and will be able to take advantage of this? Like 3?

    • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

      Counter has already reached 1,000

    • AlexKCMO

      I live in Kansas City (unfortunately). The thing you need to realize is that this would not have made any sense to do in a city like New York. The amount of infrastructure that would be required to support a city like NY is really mind boggling. They want to start on a small scale and get it working and viable as a proof of concept. Once they’ve proved that the plan is viable and sustainable, they’ll start scaling to other cities.

      Kansas City is pretty pumped. They were going nuts talking about it on the radio this morning. This is significantly more expensive than my current TWC bill of $82 a month, but on the flip side, I wouldn’t have to deal with TWC anymore :-).

      I only skimmed over the documents, but I want to know what the $120 includes. Does it include premium channels or does that cost extra? If this includes all the pay channels, it’s a great deal. I was paying roughly $100 for Showtime and HBO that I barely watched, mainly because they have 8 SD channels and 1 HD channel. Once you go HD, you can’t go back.

      • http://www.facebook.com/treswaters Tres Nugget Waters

        There’s a list of the channels on the Google Fiber site. No HBO but there is Showtime.

        • AlexKCMO

          Yeah, I saw that. I was just referring to whether or not they’re included in the $120 or if you pay extra for premium channels.

  • ChuckDz3

    wow… This sounds amazing! I hope I’m in the lucky city they chose to bring to next :)

  • matt

    Never thought I would say this, but I actually wish I lived in KC

    • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

      Click your heels 3 times to get there

      • http://twitter.com/reggie1225 Reginald Jefferson

        +10 internetz sir

      • mikel61101

        Was that a Wizard of Oz joke haha I get it! Never heard that one before! LOL Just bustin your balls… ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!

    • http://www.facebook.com/JasonKWhite Jason Kenneth White

      After growing up in Virginia Beach and then Atlanta – I’ve now lived in KC MO for 3 years and it’s actually pretty nice. Lots of stuff in this city to do. Google Fiber should be happy times!

      • matt

        No offense intended. :-)

        • http://www.facebook.com/JasonKWhite Jason Kenneth White

          Oh none taken! I never thought I’d end up in the midwest but when a job opens up sometimes you just gotta take it! I have been pleasantly surprised by what this area has to offer.

          And if you love BBQ – Kansas City is most certainly one of the top destinations in the country!

          • http://twitter.com/nthedon nate

            jason is right about the bbq.. this is relevant – http://goo.gl/vnvdC

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      I just posted on another board where a friend is in MCI often, that i’d consider moving to hell (MCI) for this. So i agree with your statement fully.

    • kretz7

      Imagine living in KC and seeing it go to the two worst parts of the city – KC, MO and KC, KS. Albeit they’re more densely populated but it’s going to be hard for homeless people to take advantage of this service. Seriously though, these areas are some of the most impoverished in the city and it’s sad to see that many people living in those areas won’t ever take advantage of it. :(

      • Ryan

        Yeah, I was thinking the same thing looking at the map. I’m not sure why the decided to build it through the crappiest parts of the city. I don’t live in the KC area but I grew up there. My parents in Lee’s Summit are out of luck.

      • johbohm

        Ya Google geez. Poor people don’t know how to use the internet. They probably don’t even know how to read. Everybody the KCK/KCMO area is homeless anyways. There aren’t any working poor, middle class families, public schools, or underfunded government services that will benefit from this! Should have done this next door in the wealthiest county in Kansas – god knows they need it. Just Saying.

        • kretz7

          I know. I’m just jealous :-)

          • johbohm

            *Social worker gut reaction haha!

      • DanKemple

        I think the original purpose wasn’t just to get 1Gbps but to also expand internet to areas that don’t have high speed access. This is part of a bigger initiative to get the world/country onto high speed access.

      • michael arazan

        I live in st.louis, been to KC quite a few times, its like one giant east st.louis, in ILL, it is really an impoverished city. I don’t know about the surrounding counties, I’d bet they are nice, but the city is not good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

    I saw a comment a few days ago On DL calling this.

  • Jason Purp

    Sweet Jesus

  • ERIFNOMI

    Please change GB and MB to Gbps and Mbps. That really, really bugged me.

    • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

      lol same thing I thought when I first read it.

    • Benjamin Sicard

      There’s no reason to downcote this comment. It’s actually a valid concern as they are two very different things.

      There are 8bits in a byte, which means that 5 megabit(the speed of the free package) only comes out to 625 kilobytes per second. This is a far, far cry from the 5 megabyte (5MB) speed listed in this article.

      As a personal aside, 625 kilobytes per second of uncapped data for no recurring charge is incredible and in my opinion a very significant offering that will help break up the Internet stranglehold that current telecom companies have.

      • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

        Agreed. MBps =/= Mbps

      • John

        He fixed it.

      • Hunter

        I’m down voting it till he gets tested for OCD….just sayin’

    • John

      Tim, wtf. You know better. Please change those to reflect realistic speeds ;)

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

        I don’t wanna be realistic! :)

        • John

          Hah, clearly! You know how it goes these days. You as much as misplace a comma & you’ll be called out on it in the most aggressive & inhumane way possible by 50 dif people.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            Hey, dat’s da game! :P

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Thanks! All fixed! :) <3

      • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

        Thank you that was really bugging me

      • ERIFNOMI

        Thanks :)

  • Tim

    Come to Placentia, California next

  • steveliv

    …..jealous…… i am already paying $130+ for Internet and TV and getting 20mbps through comcast. i’m surprised that Google hasn’t got any pushback from the Cable giants and AT&T. I mean when local cities tried to be an ISP, laws went up to stop it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darius-M-Clark/1420215236 Darius M. Clark

    already got 3 of my neighbors to pre-register!! The anticipation is freaking killing me specially since I loath TWC

  • JBartcaps

    This is how it should be done

  • Tim

    Placentia, CA!!!