Google's Fiber project will soon be going live in Kansas City after a lengthy preparation period. This means high-speed internet access will be available to residents for $70/month, or $120 if you want TV access too. Google will even toss in a free Nexus 7 tablet if you go with the upper tier. Best of all, they also have a free 5 gigabit option, so long as you're willing to cough up a $300 construction fee payable in full or in $25 installments.
Pre-registration is available for Kansas City residents here with a $10 deposit until September 9. Service access will be dictated whether particular areas meet pre-registration goals or not. Full pricing options available after the video. If you're in the neighborhood, Google has kicked off a blog specifically for the Kansas City project.
How comfortable are you guys with the idea of Google being in charge of your internet service? They already control so much of the online experience, so the expansion makes sense, but one can't help but get a little nervous that they're relying too much on a single company. But hey, free Nexus and insanely fast internet. After this, how far away is Google from providing wireless service?
Source: Google Fiber Blog
Gigabit + Google Fiber TV: What’s better than a gig of Internet? A gig plus TV, designed for how you watch today and how you’ll watch tomorrow. Google Fiber TV carries hundreds of channels (including your local favorites) and tens of thousands of shows on demand in crystal clear HD. With eight tuners and 2TB of DVR storage, you’ll never have to miss a show again. You’ll also get a brand new Nexus 7 tablet that you can use as your remote control. Gigabit + Google Fiber TV will cost $120 per month, and we’ll waive the $300 construction fee.
Gigabit Internet: With a gig, you can do everything you love on the web at speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans enjoy today. This package will include a gigabit-enabled network box with advanced WiFi and 1TB of cloud storage on Google Drive. Gigabit Internet will cost $70 per month, and we’ll waive the $300 construction fee.
Free Internet: We know that not everyone is ready to commit to a gig just yet. But we want to make sure you have the opportunity to upgrade when you’re ready. So if you pre-register and your fiberhood gets installed, you’ll have the option to get a 5 megabit per second (Mbps) connection for zero monthly charge, and your home will be wired and ready for the switch. The Free Internet option will cost $0 per month, although you will have to pay a $300 construction fee (which can either be paid at once, or in $25 monthly installments).