Google has just announced Google Fiber, a broadband service and interactive television provider that will offer internet speeds up to 100x faster than average broadband. Google promises adopters will enjoy download and upload speeds of 1 GBps. That should be fine for, well, just about anything you can think of: HD movies, gaming, downloading cat pictures... or doing all of them at once, 40 times over.
Google is offering three different packages of Fiber.
- The Gigabit and Fiber TV service will cost $120 a month and will include 1 GBps up and down speeds without a data cap, as well as a terabyte of Google Drive cloud storage. You'll be able to watch all regular broadcast TV channels, hundreds of Google Fiber TV channels, thousands of TV shows on demand, and premium movie channels.
- Package two is for broadband-only customers. It will cost $70 a month and offer 1Gbps downloads and uploads. It will also provide the 1 terabyte of data storage.
- Package three is free internet. For the $300 fiber optics set-up fee, you will get 5MBps download speeds and 1MBps upload speeds for seven years. Google will offer this service for a limited time only. You can pay $25 a month for the first year, up to the $300.
The service will put Google's Network Box, in your home, that will serve as a hub. The box is also a Wi-Fi router and has four Ethernet ports. Instead of being controlled by a remote control, you'll control your hub through a Nexus 7 tablet. That Google will give you. For free.
Here's a full breakdown of the plan, including the channels available.
The bad news: Right now, the service is only available in Kansas Cities. That's Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri.
If you want Google Fiber to come to your neighborhood in Kansas (and I have a feeling you do), here's how it's going to rollout: Google is launching virtual "rallies" to encourage people to sign up on a Web site. When a neighborhood gets 40 to 80 households to register for the service, Google will hit the "on" switch.