Great news for USENET Newsgroup users of Residents of Kansas City! They will have the opportunity to purchase super-fast fiber-optic Internet service from Google. The service will feature 1Gbps download and upload speeds. The company has laid optical fiber in the area and is charging residents $300 to hook up their home, and then $70 a month for the super-fast, 1Gbps upload and download speeds. But the installation fee is waived for customers who sign up in an introductory period.
A slower connection, about 5 megabits/second, will be available as well and will not include the monthly fee for customers who pay the $300 installation fee to connect to the optical fibers.
In addition, Google is also introducing Google Fiber television service. The TV service will feature network and cable channels, and will come with a HD Google box with built-in Netflix and YouTube. It also features a DVR capable of recording 8 shows at once and with 2 terabytes of storage space. Customers will have access to tens of thousands of on-demand television shows and movies. What’s more, a free Google Android Nexus 7 tablet awaits customers who sign up for the television service.
Customers can add the Google Fiber TV service for an extra $50/month on top of the $70/month fiber-optic Internet service. And the $300 installation fee is waived for customers who sign up within the promotional period.
Kansas City residents in Missouri and Kansas may now pre-register for the new Google products. Areas of the city with the most customers who pre-register will be first in line to get the new service. Google is calling such neighborhoods, ‘Fiberhoods’.
The new services are sure to draw plenty of interest from not only tech enthusiasts, but the general public who may grow frustrated with traditional sources of Internet and television service. As is often the case with new tech launches and announcements, the topic is likely to generate its share of discussion in Usenet newsgroups dedicated to such topics.