Today Google announced the rollout of its Google Fiber service to the good people of Kansas City. You might remember that Google selected KC for this nerdy honor early last year after a nationwide campaign. Alas, in all likelihood the people of happy Holland, Michigan will be waiting for quite some time.
Google is offering 3 simple plans:
- 5 mbps down/1 mbps up for $0. That's right, free. And it's guaranteed for at least 7 years. All you pay for the privilege is a one-time construction fee of $300. Works out to about $3.57 per month by my calculations.
- Up to 1 gigabit up and down for $70/month. The construction fee is waived under this plan.
- Up to 1 gigabit up and down AND TV for $120/month. This is where things get a little crazy. Google will be offering a complete TV lineup over fiber (á la AT&T U-verse and Verizon FIOS), plus a 2 TB networked storage box, plus a 1 TB Google Drive. Oh, and a Nexus 7 tablet so you can control the TV.
This is really exciting. Sure, it's going to take a while for Google to be able to offer this kind of service in all the major markets, plus there's no telling if the program will even be successful in Kansas City to begin with. However, competition is always good for the consumer. Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T, Verizon… they'll all be paying attention as Google launches its fiber network in KC this fall.