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As A Kansas Citian, I can correct some misconceptions about Google Fiber. There are 2 plans for speed.
1- I have the option of paying a $300 one time fee and receiving 'average internet speed' for 7 years.
2- I have the oprion of paying $70/month for Gigabit speed.
The third opetion is not technically internet speed, Google will offer TV and Gigabit for $120/Month.
I think it might be 2-4 years because I was reading the other day that the FCC (Federal Communicatons Commision) wanted to help google set up fiber nationwide. Correct me if im wrong.
With google fiber you don't get 1GB (Gigabyte) you get 1Gb (Gigabit) which is only 125MB (Megabyte).
You do not need to pay $300 if you get the $70 or $120 plan
The $300 dollars is for installing google fiber in your home. You can either pay the whole $300 upfront or pay $25 a month for 1 year. Then for the next 6 years you will have google fiber for free which will be 5Mb (Megabit) up and 5Mb (Megabit) down.
You need to relize that "gigabyte" speed is actualy 1000mbps. You can only get gigabyte speeds when connected over ethernet. Wifi dosent connect at that high of speeds and is actually at 125mbps. You can only fully understand this when you know that ethernet is always faster than wifi!
Its good that companies like Verizon with their GPON fiber network and Google with their fiber are upgrading the country's backbone of networking technology, even though its only gradual for now. Japan or South Korea (or even europe for that matter) is way ahead in terms of bandwidth for price. Having a fiber network can allow a lot of headroom for upgrading speeds and services.
Google does TV over its Fiber network which you think "TV over FIBER!? 4K resolution broadcast and beyond, man...". Also if you're currently a Comcast customer with a 25 or 50 megabit package, those are getting DOUBLED this month (it may already have happened when you have read this) for NO extra charge. America's network operators are finally realizing how much the internet has grown to host video conversation and streaming HD videos or movies.
I think that is a long ways out. Just installing the fiber in one city is going to take 1.5-2 years for Google. Now, I think that is actually pretty impressive starting from scratch. Remember providers like AT&T and Comcast had cable and copper lines already in place when they built their networks. As a result, Google can't rely on any legacy copper pre-fiber infrastructure to fill in gaps even temporarilry. They have to create the whole enchilada. Google has nothing when they leave the starting blocks, and that includes poles. Google also has to establish a consumer oriented business division. Have you ever called a customer service line at Google when you have a problem with any of their products? Yeah, me neither. That might fly with free services, but not when you have service that people depend on for EVERYTHING.
I think it is great that Google is doing this. More competition is a good thing. Still, I do not expect to see Google Fiber roll out nationally anytime soon because of practical difficulties, but maybe within the next 10 years or so it will have reached major markets in the US.