Google is busy hanging fiber.
Kansas City, Kansas got the honor of becoming the home of the Google Fiber project back in March of last year. Google said that their intentions were to bring an ultra-high-speed network to the entire city, providing 1 Gigabit per second fiber-to-the-home connections to everyone. The plan was to test it, and eventually expand Fiber to other cities across the country.
In May, they did expand the project to another city, albeit one with the same name. Google decided to expand the initiative to the other Kansas City - the one in Missouri.
In February of 2012, Google finally announced that they had begun construction of their highly-anticipated fiber network in the Kansas Cities.
Now, a couple of months later, the Google Fiber team says that they've Google+Fiber+Blog%29">already hung over 100 miles of glass fiber cables. They've also put out a little Q&A that details some of the project's current operations.
Here's how all of that cable is going to be connected:
We’ll be routing fiber connection into Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO through several equipment aggregator huts, aka “Google Fiber Huts.” From the Google Fiber Huts, the fiber cables will travel along utility poles into neighborhoods and homes.
The benefit of this model is simple: every home that has Google Fiber service will have their very own fiber-optic cable that directly connects all the way back to the Internet backbone.
Google says that they've already built over half of those "Google Fiber huts."
They also tout the "symmetic fiber connectivity," that will allow identical upload/download speeds:
Well, with most standard broadband connections, it is much faster to download a file than it is to upload one of the same size. That’s because most of the bandwidth, or the network’s capacity, is devoted to the content that users are trying to view online, such as their email or streaming video on sites like YouTube.
But with Google Fiber, our users will be able to download and upload files at the exact same speed. Think about being able to upload that huge powerpoint presentation you made for work, or that video of your child’s first steps in mere seconds!
It's going to take them a little while to hang all of the fiber throughout Kansas City. Once that's done, they'll begin to process of getting it into people's homes.
Is something else coming alongside this ambitious fiber network? Last month, Google filed some papers for a video service in Missouri and Kansas, prompting speculation that the two lucky cities would also be the first to get some sort of Google TV service.
Google later responded, saying that we shouldn't jump to conclusions and that the "video franchise license was merely a prerequisite Google had to have in order to keep the [fiber] operation legal." So ultra-fast internet? Definitely on the way. A Google TV service? We'll just have to wait and see.