Google Fiber

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Google Fiber is a project to build an experimental broadband internet network infrastructure using fiber-optic communication[1] in Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri; the location was chosen following a competitive selection process.[2] Over 1,100 communities applied to be the first recipient of the technology.[3] On March 30, 2011, Google announced that Kansas City, Kansas will be the first community where the new network would be deployed.[4]

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.[5]



The following are the plans Google offers to Google Fiber users.[6]

PlanGigabit + TVGigabitFree 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/s1 Gbit/s / 1 Gbit/s5 Mbit/s / 1 Mbit/s
TV service includedYesNoNo
Storage included2 TB DVR Storage (8 simultaneous recordings possible)
1 TB Google Drive
1 TB Google Drive onlyNone
Hardware includedNexus 7 tablet
TV box
Network box
Storage box (DVR)
Chromebook optional
Network box
Chromebook optional
Network box
Chromebook optional

Technical specifications

Google Fiber will provide symmetrical connectivity at around 1 gigabit per second, which is about 100 times faster access than what most Americans have.[7] 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.


Selection process

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.[8][9][10]

The request form was simple,[11] and, some have argued, too straightforward.[12] This led to various attention-getting behaviors by those hoping to have their town selected.[12] Some examples are given below:

Municipalities and citizens have also uploaded YouTube videos to support their bids. Some examples:

Trial near Stanford

In summer 2011, Google launched a free trial of its forthcoming fiber service in one residential community near Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.[20]

Google Fiber hoax

On April Fools' Day 2012, Google Fiber announced that their product is an edible Google Fiber bar instead of fiber-optic internet broadband.[21] It is stated that the Google Fiber bar delivers "what the body needs to sustain activity, energy, and productivity."[21]


  1. ^ HELFT (2010-03-21). "Hoping for Gift From Google? Go Jump in the Lake". New York Times.
  2. ^ Malik, Om (February 11, 2010). "How Much Will Google’s Fiber Network Cost?".
  3. ^ "More than 1,100 communities seek Google network". Associated Press. 2010-03-27. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  4. ^ "Ultra high-speed broadband is coming to Kansas City, Kansas".
  5. ^ Google Gets Into the Cable TV Business, for Real, All Things Digital, July 26, 2012.
  6. ^ Google. "Plans & Pricing". Google. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  7. ^ Google Fiber KCK[dead link]
  8. ^ "Google Fiber for Communities". Google.
  9. ^ Medin, Milo (2010-12-15). "An update on Google Fiber". Google.
  10. ^ Anderson, Nate (2010-12-15). "Google delays its 1Gbps fiber announcement". Arstechnica.
  11. ^ Google Fiber for Communities
  12. ^ a b c d e Van Buskirk, Eliot (March 11, 2010). "Al Franken Jokes, But Google Fiber Is No Laughing Matter". Wired Magazine.
  13. ^ HELFT]], MIGUEL (March 26, 2010). "Cities Rush to Woo Google Broadband Before Friday Deadline". New York Times blog.
  14. ^ Silver, Curtis (March 10, 2010). "I, Google". Wired Magazine.
  15. ^ Murphy, David (March 7, 2010). "The 5 Strangest City Pitches for Google's New Fiber-Optic Service". PC Magazine.,2817,2361038,00.asp.
  16. ^ Al Franken YouTube video
  17. ^ Ann Arbor YouTube channel
  18. ^ Ann Arbor GoogleFest
  19. ^ Reed, Tina (March 26, 2010). "Ann Arbor 'mob' makes another case to attract Google Fiber".
  20. ^ "Google Fiber Goes Live Near Stanford". August 22, 2011.
  21. ^ a b Google Fiber Bar

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