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Google Fiber is a project to build an experimental broadband internet network infrastructure using fiber-optic communication in Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri; the location was chosen following a competitive selection process. Over 1,100 communities applied to be the first recipient of the technology. On March 30, 2011, Google announced that Kansas City, Kansas will be the first community where the new network would be deployed.
After building an infrastructure of the network, in July 2012, Google announced pricing for Google Fiber. The service will offer three options. These include a free broadband internet option, a 1 Gbps internet option for $70 per month and a version that includes television service for $120 per month. The internet service includes 1 terabyte of Google Drive service and the television service includes a 2 terabyte DVR recorder in addition to the Google Drive service. The DVR will record up to eight live television shows simultaneously. The television options also includes a Nexus 7 tablet that will act as a remote control for the system. In addition, television service will also stream live program content on iPad and Android tablet computers. Neighborhoods that receive the service will be selected through demand from Kansas City area residents and Google has set up a website to pre-register for the service.
The following are the plans Google offers to Google Fiber users.
|Plan||Gigabit + TV||Gigabit||Free Internet|
|Price||$120/month ($300 construction fee waived)||$70/month ($300 construction fee waived)||$0/month + $300 construction fee|
|Internet bandwidth (download / upload)||1 Gbit/s / 1 Gbit/s||1 Gbit/s / 1 Gbit/s||5 Mbit/s / 1 Mbit/s|
|TV service included||Yes||No||No|
|Storage included||2 TB DVR Storage (8 simultaneous recordings possible)|
1 TB Google Drive
|1 TB Google Drive only||None|
|Hardware included||Nexus 7 tablet|
Storage box (DVR)
Google Fiber will provide symmetrical connectivity at around 1 gigabit per second, which is about 100 times faster access than what most Americans have. Wi-Fi throughput speeds are lower due to the fact that there are no commercially implemented WiFi standards (except 802.11ac, which has not yet seen widespread deployment) that can keep up with 1 gigabit speeds. 802.11n has a maximum net data rate of 600 Mbit/s, and Wi-Fi net data rates are currently averaging 360 Mbit/s using the 802.11a/b/g/n router that comes with all packages.
Google originally stated that they would announce the winner or winners by the end of 2010; however, in mid-December, Google pushed back the announcement date of the selected Google Fiber community (or communities) to "early 2011" due to an increase in the time necessary to review all of the over 1,100 applications.
The request form was simple, and, some have argued, too straightforward. This led to various attention-getting behaviors by those hoping to have their town selected. Some examples are given below:
Municipalities and citizens have also uploaded YouTube videos to support their bids. Some examples:
On April Fools' Day 2012, Google Fiber announced that their product is an edible Google Fiber bar instead of fiber-optic internet broadband. It is stated that the Google Fiber bar delivers "what the body needs to sustain activity, energy, and productivity."