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Google Fiber Now Going Live in Kansas City

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Google is now connecting homes to its Gigabit network.

On Tuesday Google said that it has finally begun installing the Google Fiber network in homes located in the Hanover Heights residential area of Kansas City. The process includes installing a connection from the Google Fiber feed from the street to the house, and then installing access to the internet inside the subscriber's home.

"If you live in Hanover Heights and see a new box on the side of your house (and have gotten a Google Fiber sticky note on your door), look for an email or phone call from us in the next few days to schedule an appointment," Google said. "When the installer arrives, he/she will ask you about where you want your devices and then get to work."

The company takes a quick tab at local cable and utility companies who promise to arrive only within a specific timeframe. Google intends to make service a #1 priority, arriving on time, making sure the customer is fully connected to the Google Fiber service, and then cleaning up any mess – each installer even comes packed with his/her own vacuum.

"We’ll answer your questions and teach you about your devices—don’t be afraid to ask us questions, or to ask us to explain something again in simpler language," said Alana Karen, Director, Service Delivery, Google Fiber. "We think that these small details can make your installation efficient, helpful and memorable."

Residents in the Dub's Dread area are also asked to select their preferred Google Fiber service plan before Thursday. To make that decision even harder, Google has tossed in over twenty additional channels including Fuel TV, the FX Network, the National Geographic Channel and more.

Google Fiber offers three plans: Gigabit Internet plus streaming TV for $120 per month, Gigabit Internet only for $70 per month, and Free Internet access. The drawback to the latter free account is that users will be required to pay a $300 construction (installation) fee in either a one-time payment, or as a monthly payment of $25 for 12 months. The two "premium" subscription plans do not require this fee.

"At up to 1000 Mb per second, Google Fiber is 100 times faster than today's average Internet, allowing you to get what you want instantaneously," Google said. "You no longer have to wait on things buffering; everything will be ready to go when you are."

So far Kansas City is serving as Google's guinea pig, so there's no telling when we'll see Google's Gigabit service expand to other cities and states.

Congrats Google, you're now officially an ISP.

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  • 18 Hide
    dxwarlock , November 14, 2012 2:00 PM
    digiexIt's no use, with the grip of anti piracy corporations in the US, what would you do with that lots of bandwidth?

    So piracy is the only use for highspeed at home?
    1. I see a use for home hosted low ping gameservers.
    2. Mass storage across multiple places without needing a 3rd party 'cloud',
    3. Transfers of large files to and from home/workplace like huge autocad or solidwork files. Or large multigig VMware images from FTP.
    4. Cluster computing across internet realtime no longer limited to local network due to bandwidth bottleneck.
    5. Able to game in a household of 7 PC's (like here) WHILE son downloads his games from steam, wife is streaming netflix on TV and daughter is in her room playing tube at 1080. Just that stresses my 50mbps connection on ping..I have to forces QoS on in router to deal with it.

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    guru_urug , November 14, 2012 1:50 PM
    Time to move to Kansas city :D 
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    knodel12 , November 14, 2012 1:49 PM
    Please for the love of god save us from the tyranny of the cable companys Google!! Come to Omaha next!!! :D 
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  • 13 Hide
    knodel12 , November 14, 2012 1:49 PM
    Please for the love of god save us from the tyranny of the cable companys Google!! Come to Omaha next!!! :D 
  • 18 Hide
    guru_urug , November 14, 2012 1:50 PM
    Time to move to Kansas city :D 
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    icepick314 , November 14, 2012 1:51 PM
    makes me want to move to Kansas just for that service...

    it might be worth it if I can stay inside the house all the time...
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    digiex , November 14, 2012 1:51 PM
    It's no use, with the grip of anti piracy corporations in the US, what would you do with that lots of bandwidth?
  • 11 Hide
    steve360 , November 14, 2012 1:52 PM
    That's gigabytes of HD porn in no time at all.
  • 5 Hide
    Anonymous , November 14, 2012 1:53 PM
    This looks awesome!
  • 12 Hide
    acadia11 , November 14, 2012 1:54 PM
    Sign me up. This is so much cheaper than my current bill!!!!!!! For Cable and internet!!!!
  • 8 Hide
    rantoc , November 14, 2012 1:54 PM
    "At up to 1000 Mb per second, Google Fiber is 100 times faster than today's average Internet, allowing you to get what you want instantaneously," Google said. "You no longer have to wait on things buffering; everything will be ready to go when you are."

    As long as the server in the other end can handle it.... (got 100/100 today and its rarely fully used due to slow servers in the other end or routed through choke points on the net or worse... both!).
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    acadia11 , November 14, 2012 1:56 PM
    who cares
    i just don't want to have to pay
    as much as I do now for less service.
  • 5 Hide
    acadia11 , November 14, 2012 1:59 PM
    Oh my god, i just came! I told my wife if I had to choose between this and her, the choice is easy ;) 
  • 18 Hide
    dxwarlock , November 14, 2012 2:00 PM
    digiexIt's no use, with the grip of anti piracy corporations in the US, what would you do with that lots of bandwidth?

    So piracy is the only use for highspeed at home?
    1. I see a use for home hosted low ping gameservers.
    2. Mass storage across multiple places without needing a 3rd party 'cloud',
    3. Transfers of large files to and from home/workplace like huge autocad or solidwork files. Or large multigig VMware images from FTP.
    4. Cluster computing across internet realtime no longer limited to local network due to bandwidth bottleneck.
    5. Able to game in a household of 7 PC's (like here) WHILE son downloads his games from steam, wife is streaming netflix on TV and daughter is in her room playing tube at 1080. Just that stresses my 50mbps connection on ping..I have to forces QoS on in router to deal with it.

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    JamesSneed , November 14, 2012 2:04 PM
    Im in IT and telecommute, could certainly use it. I have FIOS and its great so im hoping this pricing catches on as FIOS can scale bandwidth up that high.
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    Northwestern , November 14, 2012 2:18 PM
    Glad I live in Olathe. Google could expand out to my area.
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    tydalwave , November 14, 2012 2:25 PM
    So this is faster than transferring from HDD to HDD or even SSD to SSD?
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    bigdragon , November 14, 2012 2:45 PM
    I currently have FIOS. If Google came to my town and installed fiber I would drop FIOS and go with them in an instant! Verizon is too slow and way too ridiculously expensive! The Google rates are half what I pay now. Myself and the other 2 heavy internet users in my household will find all sorts of uses for the faster speeds.
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    ohim , November 14, 2012 2:57 PM
    tydalwaveSo this is faster than transferring from HDD to HDD or even SSD to SSD?

    Gigabit =~ 100 MB/s that`s about 5 times slower that theoretical speed of current SSDs
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    buckcm , November 14, 2012 3:33 PM
    tydalwaveSo this is faster than transferring from HDD to HDD or even SSD to SSD?


    1000 gigabit is equal to 125 megabytes. Google Fiber is fast enough to max out the transfer speed for most HDD. Good SSD get reads and writes in excess of 300 MB/s.
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    Anonymous , November 14, 2012 3:42 PM
    Actually even the "free" service is a good deal. $300 construction fee and they guarantee free service for at least 7 years. Figures out to only $3.50 a month for a 5 Mbps down / 1 Mbps up service. Most people pay like $50 a month for that now...
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    hoofhearted , November 14, 2012 3:42 PM
    If everyone gets that kind of bandwidth, then there should be no need for piracy. More companies like Netflix will spring up and that will hopefully drive prices down. I think that is what big Hollywood really fears.
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    freggo , November 14, 2012 4:20 PM
    "$70 per month, and Free Internet access. The drawback to the latter free account is that users will be required to pay a $300 construction (installation) fee in either a one-time payment, or as a monthly payment of $25 for 12 months."

    let me see... $70/month (every month) or
    $25/month for 12 month and then free ?

    Dear editor... did you not notice that this does not make any sense ?
    There has to be more to the story. How about a bit more digging before typing ?
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