The internet has come a long way since the super slow dial-up speeds that were standard just a few short years ago. It seems that there is constantly a different company offering newer and faster internet options. Google is the newest company to add to the list, announcing a new internet service at the end of July.
Say Hello to 1 Gigabit per Second Internet Service
This service, which debuted in Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri, is commonly known as Google Fiber. It uses fiber optics, allowing the service to provide download speeds of one gigabit per second. Yes, that is 1 Gigabit per second!
Pricing: Is it Affordable?
Google introduced the service in Kansas City, planning to begin installations in September with hopes of moving to other cities soon after. There is a $300 setup fee which Google said on Daily Mail’s website that homeowners should think of as a “home improvement cost.”
After the initial installation fee, a package including the high speed internet, more than 100 television channels, and 1 terabyte of cloud storage can find its way into your home for $120 a month.
Other Google Fiber Features
There are other perks offered by Google Fiber as well. The service offers a chance to record eight television programs at once, a huge jump from VCR recording that was the only option a few years ago. Smart phones or tablets can also be programmed and used as a remote control for the Google TV service.
While Google is still negotiating with several big name television networks, such as Disney, ESPN, and CNN, there are high hopes for this new service. Imagine a system where television channels, Netflix, YouTube, and recorded shows can all be easily flipped through – that’s what Google is trying to create with this new project.
Not interested in the television channels? Google Fiber also comes with an internet only plan which will likely be $70 per month. When many other internet plans, which are not nearly as fast, are priced just a little below that, there is potential for this service to take off rapidly as people realize the bliss of such amazingly fast internet.
If you lived in Kansas City, would you try Google Fiber?