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Google Fiber TV and Internet Service Plans Revealed, Cable Companies Take Note

by Mark Hearn | July 26, 2012July 26, 2012 3:00 pm PST

Google announced the availability of its highly anticipated Google Fiber Gigabit high-speed Internet service on Thursday. The service is currently only available in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas, but Google is asking hopeful communities to pre-register for its services and says that it will only install in areas where there is enough interest.

Google Fiber is a high-speed Internet service that offers data connection with speeds up to 100x faster than anything currently available in the U.S., without any usage caps. Google isn’t stopping there, either, the company is clearly taking aim at local cable and satellite companies by offering packages that include Internet and television services, optional Chromebooks, Google Drive storage and even Nexus 7 tablets that can be used as a remote control.

Google Fiber will also have competitively priced packages that meet a variety of needs. Check out this breakdown:

Gigabit + TV $120 Per Month (Two-year service contract required)

  • HD Television package (complete programming details to be announced)
  • Nexus 7 tablet
  • 2TB storage box
  • 1TB of Google Drive storage
  • Network box (up to four 1Gbps Ethernet connections or access via Wi-Fi)

Gigabit Internet $70 Per Month (One-year service contract required)

  • Network box (up to four 1Gbps Ethernet connections or access via Wi-Fi)
  • 1TB of Google Drive storage

Free Internet (One-time $300 construction fee, or $25 per month for 12 months. Service is guaranteed for 7 years.)

  • Network box (up to four 1Gbps Ethernet connections or access via Wi-Fi)

Each package includes a purchase option for a Chromebook starting a $299.

The pre-registration period ends on September 9th and requires a $10 customer deposit. Potential install sites will be able to monitor real-time progress and track pre-registration goals via Google’s ranking page.

Once a community reaches its pre-registration goal, Google will allow customers to sign up for service packages. Areas with the most interest will receive the service first and Google will begin converting these communities into “fiberhoods.” Services are set to be available to all qualified communities by the end of 2013.

In addition to installing Google Fiber in homes, Google plans on bringing its services to community buildings such as schools, hospitals and libraries free of charge.

If you are a resident of these eligible cities and would like to see your neighborhood converted into ”fiberhood,” then we strongly suggest that you start rallying the troops, because something tells us that this is going to get highly competitive.

[via: Google Fiber Blog, Google Fiber]


Mark Hearn

Mark Hearn is a nerd's nerd if ever such a thing existed. Covering the mobile scene for several years, he also has a love for film, sports, gaming...

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