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.