Google Fiber Offers High Speed Internet And TV Service
Google leaped into internet and television service providing on Thursday, unveiling Google Fiber, with speeds up to a hundred times faster than current broadband. The limited release will only be available in certain neighborhoods, or “fiberhoods,” in Kansas City.
The bundle does not offer phone service. Addressing this, a Google executive noted the decline in the use of landlines in recent years.
Google Fiber TV aims to offer not only superior speed, but a unified television/internet experience. The service will make searchable Netflix, YouTube, prerecorded programs, and on-demand programs, in addition to live television. Currently, the lineup includes many favorites and premium channels, but not Fox or Time Warner networks. It will feature a DVR with 500 hours of storage, and the ability to record eight shows simultaneously. TV and internet will cost $120 a month.
The highest speed internet offered will be 1Gbps. High-speed-internet-only will cost $70 a month, and the company is waving construction fees for a limited time. (Other reported perks include a free Nexus 7 Android tablet.)
Google is even offering a slower broadband package for those who may not have upgraded yet. For a limited time, this option will provide free service after a $300 construction fee.
Google hasn’t announced any plans beyond Kansas City yet, but they should be forthcoming. And the company’s efforts might force other ISPs to improve costs and services before then anyway.
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