When Google showcased Google Glass, I’m sure many were wondering what the web search engine company was going to churn out next. Artificial eyes? A Holodeck? Rosie the Robot? No, no dear readers. Google has launched their newest venture into the world of ISP and television service: Google Fiber. Fiber boasts up to a 1,000 mbps, or 1 gigabit per second, download rate using fiber optic cables. Did I mention there is NO download limit?
To test this service Kansas City was chosen to be the guinea pig. Residents of Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO are able to pre-register for the service right now. Although pre-registering does not mean that your neighborhood, or fiberhood as Google Calls it, will be able to get the service. Each fiberhood must reach a goal of a certain number of pre-registers before Google will go in and install the service…and of course you have to pay for said service as well.
There are currently three plans for Google Fiber.
The first package gives you basic broadband internet at up to a 5 mbps download rate. Sounds kinda lame right? WRONG. This internet is basically free after you pay the $300 installation fee, or pay $25 for 12 months. Google guarantees that the service will be free for at least 7 years…hopefully it will be free longer. No other special add ons for this package though.
The second package gives you the actual gigabit download rate that I mentioned earlier. Not only that but you receive a 1 terabyte google drive as well. This plan costs $70 a month, pretty nice considering I was paying Comcast $35 for a 25 mbps download rate, and that was a special that was going on at the time. If you enter into a contract you can waive the $300 installation fee as well.
The third package is the ultimate entertainment package that a t.v. and internet junkie could ask for. You get the same benefits from the second package along with the Google Fiber T.V. service. Said T.V. service comes with a multitude of channels, all of which are in high definition. If you thought it couldn’t get any better, you were wrong. You get a 2 terabyte storage DVR that can record eight channels at once. Oh and btw you get a Nexus 7 tablet, FOR FREE to use as your remote. Neat huh? This package comes at cost of $120 a month and you can again waive the installation fee if you enter a contract.
Google’s service sounds like an amazing new thing. It’s not Google Glass, but this IS something significant. Internet service providers are overcharging for download rates that they can’t promise. I myself was only getting around a 5 mbps download rate when I was paying for 25 mbps. While it may take some time for the product to spread, when it does come Google Fiber will be well worth the wait.
You can check out more and pre-register if you’re in Kansas City, KS or Kansas City, MO here: Google Fiber