The fastest and most affordable Internet in the country has finally been unveiled. Google Fiber made its big announcement last Thursday, July 26, 2012, to the Kansas City community, and the rest of the nation about its plans to unleash the ultra-high speed Internet starting right here in Kansas City. Google Fiber is setting itself up to be perhaps the greatest technological advancement since dialup in the 90s.
The search giant boasts one terabyte of cloud storage, cable TV and 100 times faster Internet speed than what residents can currently get at average internet costs. Google Fiber will offer an inexpensive Internet package starting at $70 a month, as well as the option to upgrade to the TV package for $120 a month. The TV package will include a router, a Nexus 7 tablet, which will serve as the system’s remote, more than 100 cable channels and all major networks.
Though Google has no intention of becoming a cable company, Rob Josey, an analyst at ThinkEquity, said that it will serve as an incentive to use the fiber network. With Kansas City enthusiastic to embrace Google Fiber, it’s hard to believe much incentive would be necessary to gain consumers. As I said in my interview with the LA Times, the tech developers that I've talked to are ecstatic about this. We've gone months waiting to see what this product was going to look like, so there's been a lot of eagerness in the community.
As Kansas City eagerly waits to get its hands on Google Fiber, the possibilities of this new innovation are equally ground-breaking, potentially opening doors for new industries and platforms. As Patrick Pichette, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Google Inc., said, “Kansas City – this is your network, I can’t wait to see what you do with it.” And neither can we.
See below for a list of selected articles about Google Fiber:
LA Times, 7.26.12
Fox Business, 7.26.12
The Christian Science Monitor, 7.27.12
Other stories related to Google Fiber:
Kansas City Business Journal, 7.26.12
Fast Company, 7.26.12
Silicon Prairie News, 7.26.12
The Associated Press, 7.26.12
New York Times, 7.26.12
Kansas City IT Professionals, 7.26.12
The Kansas City Star, 7.27.12
CNN Tech, 7.27.12
The Pitch, 7.26.12