Currently, Google Fiber is being installed in all over Kansas City and residents couldn’t be more happier about the speeds.
Those living in the ‘fiberhood’ area of Hanover Heights have been reporting speeds of about 700 mbps.
Google Fiber is a product that will be posing a challenge to established companies who typically charge more money for slower connections. The company’s goal is to ultimately persuade users to stay on the internet for longer periods of time, and try out new services. Convincing people that they need that sort of speed is another matter entirely.
Google spent the better part of the last few years purchasing what is known as dark fiber from U.S. telecom firms in order to link up its data centers. Though most of the service will come from overhead cabling, but Google has also been investing in cheap fiber that has already been laid out by companies that have gone bankrupt before being able to roll out their services fully.
Packages are available at about $70 per month for gigabit service with no installation fee and a free terabyte of storage on Google Drive. Alternatively you can pay a one time installation fee of $300 and get free broadband of 5 mbps. There’s also a third option where subscribers can opt for a broadband plus TV service at a price of $120 per month.
Those who have gotten their service seem ecstatic with the new speeds. Mike Demarais, founder of Threedee said:
“We just got it today and I’ve been stuck in front of my laptop for the last few hours… It’s unbelievable. I’m probably not going to leave the house.”
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