Saturday, November 15, 2014

Google Fiber

Google Fiber is Google's fiber-to-the-premises service in the United States, providing broadband internet and television to a small and slowly increasing number of locations. The service was first introduced to Kansas City, Kansas, and is being rolled out to Kansas City, Missouri, with plans for expansion to several other Kansas City area suburbs, as well as Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah. In February 2014, Google announced they had chosen another 34 cities as candidates for future expansion.


Google Fiber offers three options. There's a free broadband internet option, a 1 Gbit/s internet option, and an option including television service (in addition to the 1 Gbit/s internet). The internet service includes one terabyte of Google Drive service; the television service includes a two terabyte DVR recorder in addition to the Google Drive. The DVR can record up to eight live television shows simultaneously. In addition, television service will also stream live program content on iPad and Android tablet computers. Nexus 7 tablet no longer offered to new subscribers


Price (not including taxes and fees)    ~$120/month (extra for optional TV channels)    ~$70/month    free for up to 10 years per address, after a $30-$300 one-time construction fee