Jul 26 AT 5:41 PM Dustin Earley 31 Comments

Google Fiber Internet, TV become reality

Google Fiber TV

Google’s 1000Mbps fiber Internet service has been in the works for years now. After miles of red tape, costly construction fees and more than a few obstacles along the way, Google Fiber has finally launched in Kansas City, Missouri. And it’s everything you ever thought it would be.

With real world speeds sitting at around 1000 to 800 Mbps up and down, Google Fiber is the future of Internet access in America. With no data caps and no overage fees, Google aims to make Fiber the most forward-thinking connectivity solution available.

While processor speed and data storage have rapidly advanced in the last several years, Internet speed has slowed to a crawl. Not only have speeds barely improved in the last decade, but prices have steadily gone up. The US is far behind other places in the world when it comes to Internet speed, pricing and availability. Google Fiber will change that.

To start using Fiber, as the service is in its earliest stages, consumers will have to jump through some hoops. Fiberhoods, Google’s cutesy word for neighborhoods, in Kansas City will have to register for $10 in large enough numbers in order to get Google’s attention. In other words, neighborhoods will have to prove they want it. If your neighborhood makes the numbers, then Google will begin the rollout.

In order to get service at your location, you’ll have to pay a $300 construction fee, or sign a two-year contract. After that, you can get access to much slower Internet (5Mbps) for free or pay $70 a month for the real deal. For $120 a month, subscribers can add in another service announced today:  Fiber TV.

Utilizing a stripped down and rather handsome Google TV user interface, a 2TB DVR storage box (capable of capturing 500 hours of TV) and a Google TV box, Fiber TV users will be able to watch over 150 channels on any TV in their house. Fiber TV will be controlled by iOS and Android apps as well as a Bluetooth remote. And, the $120 a month Internet and TV package will include a free Nexus 7. Google hasn’t quite nailed down contracts with everyone and is missing some Disney and Time Warner properties on Fiber TV. But they’re still offering a great lineup of channels right off the bat.

We should see homes in Kansas City using Google Fiber as soon as this fall. If you’re wondering when Google Fiber will rech your city, it may be awhile. But with the amount of money invested in the project, rest assured it will make its way out into the rest of the country eventually. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be looking for apartments in Kansas City for the rest of the afternoon, and dreaming of the Google Cellular plans I’ll be using while watching Fiber TV and surfing the web at insanely fast speeds.

Via: The Verge

Source: Google Fiber

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

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  • MoSDeeb

    Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m jealous of kansas city haha

    • d

      India still affordable for 256kbps broadband from govt company bsnl

      256kbps–>1000mbps down+1000mbps up simultaneously will happen in 2056

  • http://goo.gl/tQ2E wwJOSHdo

    Oh man… Looks like I’m moving to KCK. I pay comcast freaking 130 bucks a month for 50/10. That’s JUST internet. I live 30 minutes away from KCK! :)

  • spazby

    this is too good

  • Nate B.

    I need to see this in action

  • jamal adam

    Can’t wait for Google Fiber to be the standard and take over the US by storm.

  • Matt

    I dont know if moving to KC is worth the internet speeds. Nope its not. I’ll wait till it arrives in Denver.

    • Dustin Earley

      I would imagine Denver would be right up there with Portland and Austin as cities that should be next in line.

      • Matt

        That is good news. I mean my speeds arent bad at all here. 40 mpbs down for $30, thats good enough for me. I just pay for internet as i dont watch Cable as much as would be if Hulu and Netflix didnt exist.

        • thel0nerang3r

          Where can you pay that low for those speeds? I get the joy of paying $48/mo for 6Mbps down.

          • greg

            I have a relative whose company owns a smaller company that google hired out to lay fiber in Denver.. that’s the best information I have currently, however it’s damn exciting!

      • Hershell

        I hope it comes to Portland next.

  • MrMrMan

    This is freaking amazing! I can’t wait till they get to Miami. Can’t dump Comcast fast enough!

  • Mix

    The US is far behind everyone else? What about Canada…. I pay $62 a month plus taxes for 25mbs and 500gb up/down load.

    With that said I would move over to this service in a heartbeat and probably spring for TV as I have not had a TV service for years.

  • Simon

    Holy shit that’s cheap i have 30/30 Mbps with TV, for around 75$ monthly but i can get 60/60 Mbps with TV for 115$ (Also fiber)

  • Jaemo

    I just love Google…

  • thekaz

    Want!

  • Max.Steel

    Please bring this to Michigan.

  • E-man

    This needs to come to all areas of Orange County California! It’s reasons like this that I know Google will take over the world. :)

  • dgrdger

    This is in beta stage i hope this prices stay when its more wide spread
    this is unreal
    what a breath of fresh air for people like myself who only have Comcast and get ripped off

  • Jseplin

    A wanna move to Kansas City, Oh my

  • Nathan D.

    I really want this to start spreading around the country right now, hopefully I don’t have to wait that long

  • Adam

    While $70 for internet might be expensive for most households, clearly the price/performance ratio is through the roof. And combined with tv, this beats my Comcast, just basic digital service, bill easily. Clearly a win for consumers. In addition, a pet peeve of mine with Comcast is that their eve software is 10 of more years old. A modern interface should be demanded at tis stage, but their natural monopoly prevents that. Ironically with Google owning MMI I was hoping for better software on the Motorola boxes, but that looks less likely with Google directly competing with them.

  • Toonshorty

    I pay around £25 (+£10 line rental) so around $50 for my broadband. The UK is great where the services are available, everywhere else isn’t so good.

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    GOOGLE, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

    Seriously, at those speeds and monthly cost, I could even be convinced to put down the construction fee for a few neighbors if it meant the difference between getting it and not getting it.

  • no

    Hurry it up and get rolled out elsewhere Google. I WANTS IT.

  • A European

    Now i wish i lived in the US.

  • izzo

    so if you dont get picked? you lose 10 bucks? sounds scammy to me, why waste this on KC..

    DONT hold your breath people

    • GotSka81

      I thought the same thing at first…but the website for Google Fiber specifically states that if you don’t get selected, your money is refunded within 10 business days. Even better, if you do get selected your $10 isn’t just a registration fee…it’s $10 towards your first monthly bill. A pretty sweet deal if you ask me. Now, since I live in the town of “themiddleofnowhere” in PA, I’m thinking I’ll be getting Google Fiber in the year 3521. Sigh.

  • Jaydude

    I’ve been waiting for this announcement for so long :’) I can’t believe this is finally happening! The internet + Tv package is just unbeatable. 120$ plus taxes and fees is really close to what I pay now, and all the things that that package brings is a dream come true. Hopefully this spreads like wildfire now! The whole country is going to love this

  • OnyeOcha

    I hope Dallas is next in line!