Google Fiber Is More Than Just Fast Internet

    July 26, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Google announced earlier this week that they would be talking more about Google Fiber today. If you recall, Google Fiber was Google’s plan to launch Fiber Internet in Kansas City. The promised speeds will be around 1Gbps which is way faster than anything else on the market in the U.S.

At a live streamed conference in Kansas City, Google took time to explain the main mission behind Google Fiber. The company announced that Google Fiber will be asynchronous download/upload with speeds up to 1Gbps for both.

Google Fiber will be 100 times faster than the average Internet speed in the U.S. The company said that it’s unacceptable that the U.S. is behind every other developed nation in terms of Internet speeds and price.

Google Fiber

To prove the speeds of Google Fiber, the company ran a speed test that compared Google Fiber to today’s average speed. Google Fiber proved to have download speeds of over 1Gbps and upload speeds of 700Mbps. They downloaded a 500MB file in less than 10 seconds on Google Fiber whereas the average speed wasn’t even at one percent complete in that time.

Google Fiber

In even better news, Google announced that there will be no data caps and no overage charges on their fiber network. It’s a far cry from the data caps and broadband limits that other ISPs put on you. Kansas City residents will also get a TB of data in Google Drive included in their Internet package.

Surprisingly, Google also announced that Google Fiber will offer a television service. It’s called Google Fiber TV and it provides all channels in the highest definition possible. It also allows users to download up to 500 hours of HD television content and record up to eight channels at once. Google Fiber TV can be controlled by either a bluetooth remote or an app on a tablet or smartphone. The Google Fiber TV app will also stream DVR recordings straight to tablets or smartphones. People can also watch different TV shows on different TVs at the same time.

Google Fiber

Google showed off the Network Box that will connect to a Fiber jack in the wall. Features Wi-Fi and easy to understand settings management. They also showed off the DVR that will be able to record eight shows at once. With two terabytes of storage, it can store up to 500 hours of HD content. The TV box has a built in Wi-Fi access point to stream content to all the other TVs in the house.

Google Fiber

In even greater news, everybody who signs up for Fiber will get a free Nexus 7 tablet. Google feels that it’s the best TV remote control. It will be included with all Google TV packages.

Google will install Google Fiber into your home for $300. The direct Fiber connection costs them a lot of money and requires some construction on their part. To offset that cost, Google said that a direct Fiber connection will increase the value of your house by $5,000.

As for packages, the full Google TV package which includes the Fiber Internet, every channel, the Nexus 7 tablet and more will cost you $120 a month. Google will also waive the construction fee for those who install and sign a two-year contract today.

Google Fiber

Just for Internet, it will cost you $70 a month. They will also waive the construction fee for those who sign a one-year contract.

If you pay a $300 construction fee, Google will give you free Internet at today’s average speeds of 5Mbps down/1Mbps up. The Internet will remain free for up to seven years. You can upgrade to Fiber at any time after that.

Google will be installing Fiber in September after a rally that will gauge interest to see which neighborhoods who want Fiber the most. For those neighborhoods who get Fiber, all public buildings in the vicinity including schools and libraries will get free Fiber Internet.

All in all, this is an amazing value for both the TV and Internet package. The only thing I ask is when Google will bring this outside Kansas City. I can stand to have Internet this amazing in my neck of the woods.

  • Eric

    That free internet can save me alot of money in those 7 years to then get the fiber. Woot woot.
    Hope everyone else gets it soon and its distributed out to the rest of the country fast.

  • chris

    b/s is a rate, not a speed. Ping, ms, is the judge of speed. What are the pings google is advertising?

    • Marcv

      You should know any latency on domestic fiber lines is just a few ms (read 1 or 2ms).

  • Steve G

    $120 a month is cheap for internet, tv, and a Nexus 7 tablet, but I’d like to see those contract terms. Is the price locked in for 2 years at $120 a month? Also after the 2 years imagine your price jacking up to hundreds of dollars a month like Verizon is doing with their Fios service. As for some channels not being able to be offered, like the Cartoon network (since Time Warner cable owns that channel and would be a competitor), I’m not too worried about that kind of stuff. Google could play the same game and buy up a few channels of their own and strike a deal with Time Warner or black out Time Warner Cable from offering those channels that Google TV purchased.

    • Sean S

      It seems like the price is the same with or without contract, signing it seems more like revenue assurance for Google which is why they’re offering bonuses for it

  • James lan

    When will it come to Canada?

  • Rudy Hogan

    When is this coming to NC? Time Warner is killing us here with poor service and prices that continue to increase,I/we are all tired of the “I don’t care” attitude they assume. I am bundling my TV, Internet, and Phone service at this time and I want to change to something much less expensive while getting better service and performance. I’m waiting, when is it going to be here?

  • Forcemaster2000

    Man I want this to come to my neck of the woods! I so want Google to bodyslam comcast, AT&T and all the rest of those slimy ISP’s!

  • http://whiteeagleaerie.com/ Nathan P.

    This looks very interesting. Can’t wait for it to come to my part of Canada!

  • Michael James Slattery

    Google is Microsoft and Facebook is Mac.

    They will take over (or be required to interact) your interaction with others and in order to function you will have to use them. Kind of like if you want something the only way to get it is with greenbacked dollar bills that you cannot eat (but the paper money is good for wiping a rear end).

    The phone and email are great things. The ability to disconnect from others in order to connect to everything is what has redefined reality into the manifestation of ideas controlling unchanging facts where mother nature will show up and let us know where we came from.

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    when do you actually watch the eight programs that you downloaded simultaneously I have stuff recorded two years ago that I have not watched! and deleted the earlier stuff. then there are the vhs tapes with movies on them not watched, I wonder what is on them…..

    • Callak

      For 1 person, probably not. But in a household, there could be a reason to do so. =P

  • http://xfinity.page4.me/ Bennet_Marky

    The best news according to me in this article is that Google will not be charging any extra amount for the internet speed. Well! That is truly a great news. The speed up to 1 Gbps was something that was considered impossible in the past, but Google showed that anything is possible in this technology age. Who knows some other service provider will provide 2 or maybe 5 Gbps.