Google Fiber hits the streets, internet world rejoices
In 2011, after over 1,000 cities applied for and vied for Google to make them the first fiber-networked city, which ultimately, Kansas City won and has become the pilot town for making internet today look embarrassingly slow (as demonstrated in the video above).
Google Fiber is the next evolution of the web and is said to bring a web connection over 100 times faster than today’s average broadband (1 gigabit per second!), so adios buffering.
Google Fiber will be available to Kansas City, Kansas, and because Google was “ahead of schedule,” they announced the service will also be available to some residents of Kansas City, Missouri.
Surprise: Google Fiber TV
To make it interesting, it’s not just a super high-speed internet network that Google announced, they surprised the world by demonstrating Google Fiber TV which will allow homes to watch all shows in HD, store 500 videos of HD to the cloud, watch Netflix videos, search content on the web with their voice, record up to eight shows at once, and even control multiple televisions through Google’s Nexus 7 device.
“You don’t have to settle for old-style television anymore,” said Milo Medin, vice president of Google Access. “It’s not just Internet and it’s not just TV. It’s Google Fiber.”
When can you have these neat tools?
Google Fiber Internet at Google Fiber TV is said will be $120 per month for Kansas City residents, and just the web alone is $70. General Manager of Google Access, Kevin Lo said in a statement that depending on the length of the contract may allow subscribers to get the $300 setup fee waived.
Google says they will offer Fiber for free to libraries, schools, community centers, and government buildings, and will even offer free internet for residents that want the standard 5MB per second, so long as they pay the $300 construction fee which can even be broken into $25 installments.
For now, Google will encouraging Kansas City residents (who have been broken up into areas of around 800 people called “Fiberhoods”) to rally their neighbors to sign up for the service to determine which Fiberhoods will get access first, based on interest.
“Together we will make Kansas City a place where bandwidth flows like water,” Medin said. We’re “looking forward to writing the next chapter of the Internet together, right here in Kansas City.”
For now, any resident that lives somewhere not named Kansas City can pre-register to be alerted when their city is getting Google Fiber. There is no word as to when other cities will get the fastest internet around, but fans are eagerly awaiting.