If you haven’t heard about Google fiber, then be prepare to be knocked off your feet. The residents of Kansas City are the first in the country to get access to the new ultrafast, ultracheap Internet being offered by Google. The service provides connections that are 1-gigabit-per-second, which is 100 times faster than most high speed internet connections today.
Kansas City residents have been asked to pay a $10 deposit if they’d like to use the service. In order to get access, you must come together with 40 – 80 people in your area and they must all be registered within the next six weeks. The plans also give customers a terabyte of space on the Google online hard drive, which is enough space for you to save pretty much every inch of your life.
The plans come with either Internet service only or television service through Google for a higher fee. This is the first move by Google into the broadband delivery industry. Rather than reaching millions of people at once, Google is only going to go after 170,000 homes in the area.
“The next phase of the Internet, the next chapter of the Internet is written here today,” Patrick Pichette, Google’s chief financial officer, said in an interview.
Instead of talking about when the product was going to offered across the country, Google execs are only focusing on their Kansas City prototype for now.
“We believe the Internet should give these high speeds to everyone in the U.S.,” Mr. Pichette said. “It’s about making it available. Our showcase is here.”