Google Begins Rolling Out Cable and Internet Service to Customers in Kansas City

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Google Fiber has been in the works for quite some time now, and we’ve written about just what a difference all the additional bandwidth of the service makes, but now the infrastructure is done, and they’re ready to roll out to the larger customer base. That base? Kansas City, a long way away from Verizon’s FiOS stronghold in the Northeast. FiOS customers have long lorded it over Comcast that they had it so good, but Google’s people might be having the last laugh for their patience.

The big deal?  Google Internet customers are  getting gigabit internet (imagine downloading an HDX quality movie from Vudu in under a minute-and-a-half) for the same price as Verizon is charging. While the full TV package does run $20 more a month under contract, you do get over a hundred real video channels, an 8-tuner DVR that can handle 500 hours of programming, 1TB of cloud storage, and a free Nexus 7 tablet to be your remote control. Pretty darn sweet.

Google is also offering free 5mbps internet to anyone who pays the $300 installation fee, an offer that will be good for at least 7 years.

If rumors are true, Verizon’s inheriting of cell phone spectrum from Comcast carried a lot of restrictions as to how they can expand FiOS in the future, and since Verizon was only really ever interested in running installations in affluent areas to begin with, they’re probably pretty happy to sit where they are and try to crush Netflix with Redbox’s help for the moment. Google, who has no such restrictions, has the opportunity to expand all over the country, even though it says it has no intentions of doing so just yet.

The expansion of Google Fiber is entirely dependent on “fiberhoods” requesting the cables be run to them, so start calling or emailing Google if you’re not already in one of the few locations in the middle of the country set for Google Fiber service. If the analysts are right, and Google is just being coy, those currently on Comcast — or, god help you, Time Warner customer — you may finally have something resembling choice coming to your house in the reasonably near future.

Via: [Google Fiber]

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