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Google Fiber has just selected Kansas City, Missouri, for the premier launch of its broadband Internet and TV service. What’s remarkable is that Google has announced that speeds available will be 100 times more than the ones currently available now in the United States.

At 1 GB per second, Google’s ultra-fast service would easily top any rival ISP and could be a game changer in a slightly static industry. Kansas City was selected from nearly 1,100 other cities that were interested.

The launch and its fate could also portend Google’s nationwide roll-out.

Google Fiber is a package of HD television channels (priced at $120 a month for a package of major broadcast networks), broadband internet at 1 GB per second, and 1 terabyte of cloud storage. Spending $70 per month will give you only internet, if you aren’t too keen on the TV channels that includes the likes of Nickelodeon, Discovery, Bravo, Starz and Showtime. Google has sweetened the deal for early adopters by offering a Nexus 7 with every sign-up that can be used as a remote control for the Google TV. With Google Fiber you can simultaneously record eight TV shows at a time and store up to 500 hours of high definition programming.

Installation will start in select neighborhoods which show collective interest. Read more on how to get it if you are in Kansas. Even if you are not, sit back and think what this could mean for tomorrow’s communities. And yes, do express it in the comments.

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Source: Google Fiber

  1. Bill
    February 5, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Come on Google! Niles, Michigan 49120!

  2. Greg Mudd
    February 5, 2016 at 3:55 am

    Please bring this service to St. Louis, MO and Austin, TX, SOON!

  3. jackie
    February 5, 2016 at 3:37 am

    ....well looks like I'm going OFF the grid and moving to Kansas

  4. JOSEPH
    September 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Hope they expand to other cities soon I hate century Dnk!

  5. Declan Lopez
    August 26, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I would love faster internet, but the internet I am using now is fine at 54Mbps.

    • Saikat Basu
      August 26, 2012 at 4:55 am

      Wow! How much more of speed do you need :)

  6. @neum
    August 5, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I'd still like to know what hardware in homes they will use to route a 1gbps connection. Most home and small business routers make out at sever hundred kbps in actual routing throughput. Even pfSense suggests a multi-core machine to route more than 500mpbs.

    http://www.androidfamily.net/

    • Saikat Basu
      August 8, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      That's why the first implementation will be interesting. My knowledge of routing and networking is limited, but I am sure devices will catch up simply because a market will be created. So, the teething phase will be crucial, simply because Google will have to set up a vast infrastructure in something that is not its traditional bread and butter.

  7. Ashwin Divakaran
    August 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Sweet! I guess broadband is back to business

  8. Deepak Kapoor
    August 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    1 gbps? oh man! 120 bucks? i offer 150, please offer that in india :D

  9. Coupon Hop
    August 2, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    C''mon, Google! Make it to Sarasota!

  10. Sushil Kathpalia
    August 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    OMG, In India 1GB is downloaded in some weeks ...
    So they have great speed in just a seconds...

    • Saikat Basu
      August 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      The average here in India is a 256kbps connection, though some ISPs give you more for peer to peer downloading within their networks.

  11. Steven Kim
    August 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Wow!! wish i lived there!

  12. Salman Khan
    August 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Google Rocks !!!

  13. Igor Rizvi?
    August 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    So jelaous right now :)

  14. Blake Andreasen
    August 1, 2012 at 6:08 am

    I bid Salt Lake City be the next city to get Google Fiber!!!

    • Blake Andreasen
      August 1, 2012 at 6:10 am

      I am seriuously considering moving to Kansas. What the heck is there, except for Google Fiber?

    • Saikat Basu
      August 1, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Did you go online and vote for your city?

  15. Marjorie McDonald
    July 31, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    BRING IT TO CANADA PLEEEEASE

    communications in general is daylight robbery up here, and customers are left with virtually no choice

  16. Rohan Jagtap
    July 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Here in India, it would take years to start a service with such a speed! Mostly people are either not using Internet or they are using mobile 2G. I have limited broadband of 750kbps which costs me approx 30$ per month. :-(

  17. Harron Subhani
    July 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    remarkable development and change.

  18. Yang Yang Li
    July 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I hope Google includes Kansas City, Kansas inside its network. It would be shameful to have to travel to Missouri for fast internet :-(

    My friend brought this up the other day and it seemed all familiar. I asked my friend if he was refering to Google Toilet IP. His response was What!?
    (it is a reference to Google's April Fools joke a few years back)

  19. Charles Babb
    July 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    If Google can successfully launch Google Fiber, it will hopefully start an Internet bandwidth race with the cable/ Internet provider competitors. I look forward to its success and what it will mean for television and the Internet.

  20. Andrew
    July 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    That's awesome but how are the next cities chosen

  21. Michael R Heronema
    July 30, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Hopefully this will create healthy competition and the other communication corps. will step it up & bring this next higher-speed tech to the world. Very Cool Google, Keep it up.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 30, 2012 at 2:09 am

      There's still a long long way to go, and the implementation is a whole new game for Google. It is something where Google does not have experience (ISP is a highly-customer focused industry...web search is not). So, let's see how Google manages the promise.

    • Dany Bouffard
      July 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      I hope google fiber wil also expand do other country like Canada. I'm from Canada and I would like to have Google Fiber too.

  22. Yash Desai
    July 29, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    please please, bring this to nj

  23. sabih
    July 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Amazing! 1GB per second? That's unimaginable. Now internet servers have to step up their game ;)

  24. Robert Stanulis
    July 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    True game changer. Hoping competition works to match this service/price combination.

  25. Craig Snyder
    July 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I'll take two of them.

  26. Pedro Oliva
    July 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    wow... i waiting for Guatemala :D... ok, not! :/ (500 years after)

  27. Luke Brannon
    July 29, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I absolutely love this idea, I can not wait till it starts rolling out to the UK so I can ditch shitty sky and have a lovely google package and tbh that 1tb cloud storage has really made it the deal maker for me :D

  28. Vanja Gorgiev
    July 29, 2012 at 10:24 am

    i know that this will never make to my country, but i will say WoW Google ! Good job !

  29. Muhammad Ahmad
    July 29, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Google is the name of competition. Good Luck Google.

  30. Va Du
    July 29, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Very jealous. I can't even get any sort of fiber optics in my area and their package far exceeds what I get now. Did I mention I was super jealous.

  31. Joel Lee
    July 29, 2012 at 2:53 am

    The major ISPs are going to flip out if they aren't already. I hope Google Fiber succeeds because if it does, the infrastructure of American Internet is going to see a massive improvement over the next decade or two.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      I hope one day there will be national grids everywhere, where we just have to plug-in and connect to the web or broadcast networks. Just like electricity :)

  32. Brian Strunk
    July 29, 2012 at 2:04 am

    The best part about this is the nearly 800 mbs upstream. Upload speeds in the US are deplorable, at best.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Yes, we focus so much on download speeds, we forget that there's something called as n upload too. More relevant today because we have so much of cloud computing.

    • Brian Strunk
      July 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Agreed. Also, the importance of off-site backup makes the paltry 1 MBs upstream I currently receive grossly inadequate. Cheers to google, and other providers, for offering more equitable upload speeds.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Plus, if this succeeds nationwide, just think what it would do for the 'garage entrepreneurs'. You can launch your own startup from the bedroom and not worry about internet infrastructure. The tech development potential is huge.

    • Matt Broam (AKA H3X0)
      July 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      You think 1MB/s upstream is "paltry"?!?! I'd KILL for 1MB/s upstream! I get a measly 768Kb/s! and that's a lowercase "k"!

  33. Led Cara
    July 29, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Wow! This is so great! So much better than what we have here in the Philippines, I do hope that someday, Google will make it's way to lunch their service here.
    For sure, the major ISPs here will all get worried! Hahahaha

  34. MerVzter Balacuit
    July 29, 2012 at 1:02 am

    what a nice plan, but what a sad for my country till i wait another 25-50 years maybe haha

  35. Nick
    July 29, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Google will one day control the world.

    • Fik-of-borg
      July 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      One day? The solar system consists of Mercury, Venus, Google, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and (yes) Pluto.

    • Tibor Szentmarjay
      July 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Don't think they want to control. But they want to know everything.

  36. Keefe Kingston
    July 29, 2012 at 12:37 am

    If only Google would expand into the rural areas where I live...that'd be the day. I'd ditch my current 1.5Mbps connection faster then you can say Google! XD

    • Matt Broam (AKA H3X0)
      July 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Well, since it's fiber instead of copper, it'll be FAR more feasible to implement.

      With traditional copper, tons and tons of very expensive, lossy cabling must be buried, and it's unlikely that more than 3 customer connections could be multiplexed on each copper pair. The latency would be horrid in a rural setting, and the lack of large, metal urban buildings would leave the copper pairs more susceptible to radio interference, which would degrade the signal, cause packets to be lost, and just be a pain in the ass in general.
      However, fiber optics weigh less per bandwidth unit, and also take up much less space, permitting at least a sixfold increase in bandwidth per bundle size compared to copper. Several customer connections can be combined into a single strand of multimode fiber, and, since the data is literally traveling at the speed of light, latency will be miniscule at best. Since the data is traveling over light instead of electricity, the data will be unaffected by RF interference, even if every radio and TV transmitter in the US were moved next to the fiber and turned to full-blast!
      Plus, with a whopping 1GB/s (Note: that's an uppercase "B") at your disposal, you won't need more bandwidth for at least a decade!

      Before I stop droning on about the details, I will leave you with something to ponder...

      Does anyone REALLY need THAT much PORN?!?!?!

    • Thegreatvinay
      August 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      getting 1.5Mbps ??? that's really great when compared to my India's 512kbps and when it turns 256Kbps after 6GB Bandwidth...... i will worship Google if I get fiber at my house. :)

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