Google Fiber provides 1,000 Mbps download and upload speeds to the citizens of Kansas City

The average download speed differs depending on where you live. For example, according to Ookla’s SpeedTest.net, the average download speed in Hong Kong is 42.12 Mbps, the EU is 15.86 Mbps, and the States is 14.13 Mbps. Compare that to the 1,000 Mbps up/down Google is promising the citizens of Kansas City.

Google Fiber, a fiber optics-based broadband network Google is rolling out in Kansas City, Kansas (USA) and Kansas City, Missouri (USA), is going to offer netizens download speeds of 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds of 1,000 Mbps. The best part? It will cost you only $70 a month which is significantly lower than Comcast’s $199 for 305 Mbps and Verizon’s $119 for 300 Mbps FIOS.

For $70 a month Google will give you a gigabit-enabled network box with built-in WiFi, 1 TB storage space on Google Drive, and a 1,000 Mbps up/down Internet connection. Because of how new the network is, Google is charging a $300 construction fee for those that want a connection installed in their house but currently Google is waiving that construction fee for anyone that signs up for this $70 package.

If you want even more speedy goodness, Google has a Google Fiber TV package you can opt for. Google Fiber TV package costs $120 a month and has all of features and goodies of the $70 package (including the waived construction fee) plus more. Exactly what more? You get a set-top box that delivers “hundreds of channels” in “crystal clear HD” to your TV. You also get 2GB of DVR storage plus a free Nexus 7 tablet which is used as a remote for the set-top box.

If you feel you are not ready to take the giga-bite yet (yes, pun intended), Google is offering a free (ie. $0 per month) 5 Mbps connection; you just need to pay the $300 construction fee. which can be paid in installments of $25 a month, to get it installed at your house.

Kansas City is the first city in the world to get Google Fiber. However, assuming all goes well in Kansas, Google will likely roll out the network to other cities in the US and possibly the rest of the world. If Google Fiber doesn’t hit other cities, I’m moving to Kansas.

If you are a citizen of Kansas City and want to learn how to get Google Fiber, or you are not a citizen but still want to learn more about Google Fiber, hit up the link below.

Google Fiber homepage

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7 comments

  1. Marm

    Those considering a move to Kansas City for the broadband are either A) residents of Mississippi (for whom *any* place would be an upgrade) or B) haven’t done their homework on that place. Believe me, it is a fate worse than death (save for perhaps Mississippi).

  2. Shava Nerad

    Google Fiber: Giving a new nuance to the bind command…

    Yes, Kansas City is across the river in the neighboring state.

    I’ve been working on digital divide issues (now, more trendily, digital inclusion) since the late 80s and there have been pilot projects in towns in places such as Blacksburg, West Virginia similar to this for decades, usually municipal, or public/private partnerships.

    Those projects didn’t engage PR agencies.

    Likewise, whole nations (South Korea and Singapore come to mind) already have fiber to the home at this level.

    The US has had progressive laws for over a century regarding Universal Access to telecommunications. Unfortunately, this got shoved through (basically by the US Dept of Agriculture!) in the early parts of the last century, and attempts to upgrade the law from simple phone service on simple copper have been blocked effectively by the very rich telcos/telecom companies ever since.

    So if you want to know why the US doesn’t have more of this long since? Follow the money. Classic.

  3. paul

    It looks great, but the company must now consider changing that silly childish name it has. Do children “always” have to be accommodated, what about grownups?

    Am guessing? “Kansas City” is Missouri and not Kansas.