The Next City for Google Fiber
Everyone has heard of the search engine Google. And most everyone (besides Microsoft Bing employees) uses it regularly.
Since their start just 15 years ago, the California-based company has expanded their list of services. It now offers most everything – books, maps, glasses, smart TV, an operating system, tablet – just to name a handful. If you have the money or the Internet service, you can access almost all of their services.
There is a fairly new service that only a lucky few can get – Google Fiber. This high-speed Internet and TV service has already arrived in Kansas City, for specific neighborhoods in both Kansas and Missouri.
Next up: Austin, Texas. Service is expected to be available for residents by the middle of 2014.
What is Google Fiber?
Google Fiber offers an Internet and TV connection far faster than the average broadband speeds of the country – up to 100 times faster. While the average speed in the United States is 8.6 Megabits per second (Mbps), those in the Google Fiber service area can get 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps), equivalent to 1,000 Mbps.
Is it worth the price?
According to the Google Fiber website, eligible residents in the Kansas City can get Internet speeds up to 1 Gbps and full channel TV lineup for $120 per month, plus taxes and fees. Google Fiber’s price is similar to the costs of other competitors, who are offering just a fraction of the Internet speed.
Included in this cost is a storage box, network box, TV box, Nexus 7 tablet (which is your remote), no data caps and 1TB of storage. For HDTV and almost instant downloads, this seems affordable and reasonable.
The projected future of Google Fiber
Eligible residents in Kansas City on either side of the Missouri/Kansas border can get the high speeds of Google Fiber. In addition to Austin, Texas, the services are also coming to a few other smaller cities in Missouri and Kansas. The newest city on the list is Provo, Utah.
Will the incredible service spread just like Verizon FiOS did? This comparable fiber-optic service is now available in more than 25 cities.
Unfortunately for those outside of Kansas City who want Google Fiber, the quick answer is no. When asked if the service is coming to other cities, Google responded with, “We’re taking Google Fiber one step at a time. We’re focusing on Kansas City and Austin right now.”
While most Americans would prefer that Google expands its fiber services, the company is content with not expanding. DSLReports.com notes that, “the goal of Google Fiber is to generate press, gather real-world data on networks and video ad delivery, and light a fire under the pampered behinds of incumbent broadband operators…The goal was never to take the project nationally.”
So for now, if you want Google Fiber, you’ll have to pick up your entire life and move it to one of the few cities with the
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By Alexis Caffrey
Alexis Caffrey is a freelance writer with a focus on technology, new media, and design. In a former life she was a graphic designer based out of New York, NY. She actively (some would say obsessively) follows entertainment news and pop culture. You can reach Alex via her email.