Feb 06 AT 3:50 PM Dustin Earley 45 Comments

Google set to enter next phase in one gigabit per second broadband rollout

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Google’s plans to launch a one gigabit per second residential broadband network have been in the works for nearly two years now. After extensive testing, picking a city and cutting through miles of red tape, Google is finally ready to enter the next phase of development.

In a blog post titled “Kansas City is Fiber-Ready,” Google has announced that they are finally ready to start laying the thousands of miles of cable needed to run their fiber broadband Internet:

We’ve measured utility poles; we’ve studied maps and surveyed neighborhoods; we’ve come up with a comprehensive set of detailed engineering plans; and we’ve eaten way too much barbecue. Now, starting today, we’re ready to lay fiber.

As we build out Google Fiber, we’ll be taking thousands of miles of cables and stretching them across Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Each cable contains many thin glass fibers, each about the width of a human hair. We’ll be taking these cables and weaving them into a fiber backbone–a completely new high speed infrastructure that will ultimately be carrying Kansas Citians’ data at speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today.Kevin LoGoogle Access

Once the fiber is set up and the infrastructure is ready to go, Google will begin to bring the service to homes across Kansas City.

There’s no specific timeline given for when Google Fiber will be ready for use, but much of the most time consuming work is already finished. We’ll be on the lookout for which areas of Kansas City will get access first.

Via: 9 to 5 Google

Source: Google Fiber Blog

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • ranwanimator

    And every page you visit using their network will be cataloged in Google’s giant brain for further study and ad matching services. Is there fine print for this deal? Has anyone actually read it? I can not believe that Google is 100% altruistic in this endeavor.

    • E

      lol all i can think of after reading your post is the movie i robot

    • SGB101

      its not a lot to ask for 1GB/s speed.

      • delinear

        Yeah, if you’re the paranoid type you can always use encryption or run your connection over TOR to stop them peeking at what you’re doing. Small price to pay if you want lightnight fast internet.

    • CTown

      But hopefully it will cause other broadband providers to put up better speeds and prices. The US is not known for high broadband speeds and this might be what we need to change that!

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      “I can not believe that Google is 100% altruistic in this endeavor.”

      You’re right; they’re not. They’re not 100% altruistic in giving us Android either. Google’s single biggest revenue stream is ads. They want people to view (and presumably click through) more of their ads. How do they enhance what they have, when they already have dominant market share?

      Provide the opportunity.

      If you rely on internet advertising for your revenue stream, you want internet in more places. Google gave us Android for that.

      Once you have internet everywhere, you want it to be faster, so that your customers can view more ads per second. Google gives us fiber-optic for that.

      It’s a no-brainer; Google is playing the long-term ROI, just like casinos do. They invest big up front, and you give them that return over a long period of time.

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

        Oh yeah, another example: Google wanted the web browsing experience itself to be cleaner and faster to render, and more secure. They gave us Chrome.

  • OnIn2

    Wish it was here in my hometown. Sigh

  • humidity

    Come to AZ!!!!!

  • greeny42

    Well… it looks like I’m moving to Kansas!

    • Voliam

      You go Dorothy!

  • Vance

    Interesting selection for a launch point!
    Head to SLC next! It worked out for the Mormons okay :)

  • NegativeOne13

    Welp looks like I’ve got two options. Either move back to KC, or bribe Google into extending a line 150 miles for me. :)

  • McLovin

    LOL Last time the locals around these parts tried to put in their own fiber the local telco companies and Comcast lobbied the hell out of it ever happening again unless they are the ones doing it.

  • spazby

    officially jealous

  • WlfHart

    /jealous

  • Max.Steel

    So now they can get access to your personal information even faster. Interesting…

  • jebus

    It’s almost here! I almost forgot this was coming since it’d been so long since the announcement. I am so ready to drop TWC it’s not even funny. Hope this is actually affordable when it rolls out…

  • sunrise

    FANTASTIC, with a caveat.

    The competition this will bring to Verizon/At&t/Cable is going to be fantastic. However, I have a feeling Google is going to catalog every single thing you do online and store that information for years. I fear it might go beyond their current cataloging policy of user information for 2 yrs with IP and computer/cookie information.

  • yankeesusa

    Why can’t they bring this to my city. I wish they would make a deal with university cities. This is great.

  • slurms mckenzie

    now this is REAL 4G

  • https://plus.google.com/105652260730187717963/posts erik knudsen

    Wow…just wow at the privacy conspiracy theorists. Do you people think Google is using your info to take out loans or something? Has your credit score gone down because of using GMail? I am pretty sure 99% of the info goes towards targeted ads. Targeted ads make a lot of sense. I would rather see ads for things that I’m actually interested in rather than ads for things I’ve never been concerned about. You guys should try a day or two without a tinfoil hat and see how it goes.

    • sunrise

      Conspiracy? There is no conspiracy theory, people are stating facts and concerns about storage of user information with current Google Privacy Policies and how they might be extended and used in the future. People are conspiracy theorists because they want privacy in an age where all privacy is being lost? Get real.

      • https://plus.google.com/105652260730187717963/posts erik knudsen

        Privacy is obtained by not sharing the info which you wish to remain private. There are ways. However, some services may require you share some info. In those cases, there are usually boxes to check (or uncheck) that let you decide if that info is saved or not. Also, privacy can be kept by not using the services which may put your info into the hands of the nefarious. Lastly, Google gives you a website (Google Dashboard) to see all the info they have on you, which, by the way, has been voluntarily given to them. From that website you can delete whatever your heart desires. So…what am I missing? What harm has been done?

        Side note…kind of ironic to see the privacy aficionados on an Android blog…if your concern and fears are that deep about Google…are you really using Android anyway?

        • professandobey

          Good point Erik. People freak out about Google all the time because they Google’s policies are upfront and understandable. Meanwhile the same amount of scrutiny doesn’t arise about other companies because their policies are hidden and oblique. Its like the Brits say: “It’s the bus you DON’T see that kills you.”

          To be safe, I just assume all companies are tracking my data. I closely guard the stuff that would affect my life (financial info, street address, etc.) to only trustworthy sources (I do consider Google one of them).

          • Chris Lewis

            I agree, completely. Who’s business is it to know that I live at 10545 Autillo way San Diego CA, 92129?

            Ill just keep that info privet …

        • sunrise

          Erik I know what Google Dashboard is, but you seem not to.

          When you go into Google Dashboard, you are correct, you can delete your search history. However, all you are doing is deleting that search history from your dashboard profile, NOT FROM GOOGLE SERVERS. That information is stored with Google for 2 years, including your IP address and unique cookie id that is unique to your computer. Deleting this information off dashboard does not delete it from their servers. Also, going into dashboard and choosing the option to NOT save searches is JUST FOR DASHBOARD, Google still stores your IP and cookie id number for 2 years, after which time they remove the last few numbers from your IP and store the information indefinitely.

          I’m sorry you seem to not know how the dashboard and privacy policy work. There is a pdf on Google’s site explaining everything in detail and how many years everything is stored. You should read it.

          • sunrise

            Correction. Google stores your searches, IP number and computer unique Cookie ID number in full for 18 months, not 2 full years. After 18 months, they alter the last few numbers of your IP as to make the user anonymous after 18 months.
            THIS IS REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT YOU DELETE DASHBOARD HISTORY.

          • https://plus.google.com/105652260730187717963/posts erik knudsen

            I stand corrected. However, I still don’t care. I don’t have a problem with Google having whatever info they have of mine. They seem to make just about everything I do online more convenient because of said info. Also, I’ve yet to suffer one single instance of identity theft or anything similar. It would seem like the best thing for you (and other concerned parties) to do is to just not use Google products and/or browse in “incognito” mode nonstop. Problem solved right?

        • sunrise

          Your suggestion is to browse online using incognito mode? Private browser mode? Ya that doesn’t work. Try doing private browsing and turning cookies off, none of Google’s sites other than the very basic of searches will work. 99 percent of Google’s services will stop working, including YouTube. You will be prompted and forced into using their tracking cookies.

          Look I’m not arguing with you, but I do take offense when someone starts calling people conspiracy theorists and tin foil hats and all this other garbage you spewed. Privacy is a legitimate concern for many. Your blah attitude is the exact reason why CarrierIQ and the carriers using them got away with that spyware crap for as long as they did.

          • dcds

            Not to go into a mee-too attitude, but what makes you think that your isp doesn’t do it already? Or that backbones are not filtering traffic? The good thing about Google is that they are very open about all that.

            People talk about them saying that “creepy line and not cross it” quote, but actually I’m glad they talk exactly what they do. I like predictability and informed decisions.

            Point is, considering our options these days… it’s just that most people don’t care about letting a company track forever that we looked at a dog food site online when they offer you 1gbps that is probably better than anything else. But don’t get me wrong, I like my privacy, too.

          • delinear

            Private browsing mode doesn’t disable cookies, it auto-deletes cookies at the end of a session. This means you can use their services without issue for the duration of a session without a cookie being permanently dropped on your machine and your browser will clean up after you.

            If you have a fixed IP address they still probably store information their side that they can tie back to you, but if you’re on a dynamic IP like most people, private browsing mode will give you a lot more privacy than you’d otherwise enjoy.

            You are right though, this is not a conspiracy theory, companies really are trying to get at our data, I just mean to say we’re not entirely powerless (and often just being more privacy aware than your neighbours will mean companies look for the softer targets), people just need to educate themselves about what they can do to redress the balance.

          • https://plus.google.com/105652260730187717963/posts erik knudsen

            Easy solution for you…don’t use Google products. Problem solved. You want more privacy than they offer or than you can achieve yourself? Refuse to give them the satisfaction of your patronage. Done.

            CarrierIQ and Google? For real? Two completely different arguments. Google’s plethora of personal info is all volunteered. Let’s keep it on topic.

  • cwjones4

    Cannot wait for this to launch right in my own backyard! my roommates and I have been waiting to cancel our crummy time warner internet once this goes live. that date can’t come soon enough

  • rashad360

    At least somebody is working on America’s sub par internet speed problem

  • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus

    That is crazy fast! Too bad I don’t live in Kansas :( hopefully they roll out their 1GB/s internet to other places soon!

  • aranea

    I wonder why Kansas City and not a more populated area!

    • delinear

      I think the idea is to trial it somewhere reasonably small so you have almost a beta test area that’s easily managed before rolling it out somewhere more heavily populated.

  • staryoshi

    How does that expression go? Something to the effect of “Shut up and take my money!” I’d love to break free from the bonds of Comcast and Century Link.

  • Marx1684

    I’m about to bring my laptop in the bathroom & lay the fiber.

  • Zak Lambert

    Nothing to say except that technology is amazing.

  • Cajj

    I love that Google is doing this, although I know it will be years before anything of this nature actually makes it to my area. I will be watching once this actually launches to see what kind of price points they offer the Kansas city residents.

  • AnthonyRyan

    I think is great for Google to invest in fiber optics I can’t wait til it becomes nationwide

  • Russ

    Whooohoooo Kansas City!!!

    Bring ti on.

  • Kirara

    There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…