In a post on Google Fiber Blog, Kevin Lo, General Manager of Google Access announced that their hush-hush project will soon be revealed. Based on the post, they might be finally unveiling the project on July 26, which is today.
And as promised, Google delivered. (Full video below).
Today, people from Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri can pre-register so they can be the first to experience the fastest internet connection speed that Google claims is 100 times faster than any broadband available today.
Users have six weeks, from today until September 9, to rally up more people to pre-register because, as Google put it, “Google Fiber works better when communities are connected together. So we’ve divided Kansas City into small communities we call ‘fiberhoods’. We’ll install only where there’s enough interest, and we’ll install sooner in fiberhoods where there’s more interest. You can check out your fiberhood’s pre-registration goal, as well as a real-time status update of all Kansas City fiberhoods on our rankings page.”
After the rally period, Google will determine if fiberhoods reached their goal. If achieved, the users can sign up for Google’s service package and be the first to get Google Fiber and experience a different kind of internet speed.
Full feature list after the video…
Google Fiber Features
It boasts of 1000 Mb per second speed, 100 times faster than any other commercially available broadband today, so no more waiting for things to load or videos to buff. Because of its speed, you can watch HD programming on your computer without any hassles. And since it’s so fast, it won’t be a problem if your whole family watch the same content on different devices. And the super fast connection allows you to download eight programs simultaneously plus you’d get to keep everything as you’d be provided with two terabytes of storage.
The Fiber Project History
In March 2011, Google announced that they’re bringing ultra high-speed broadband to Kansas City. They’ve signed a development agreement with the city, and planned on working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities so they can bring the next-generation web experience to the community. But earlier this year, it was revealed that the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) still doesn’t “have an approval of the agreement” between the city and Google as the two are still working on ensuring that costs of installation are reasonable, and safety guidelines are met.
In February, everything was ironed out and the building of the Fiber Project was good to go. Later that month, news surfaced that Google plans on building an array of 4.5 meter satellite dishes in the town of Council Bluffs, Iowa – in close proximity to Kansas where they’re building their Fiber Project. The satellite dishes would be used for “analog and digital audio, data, and video services,” or for receiving high-speed data from Kansas.
Residents of Kansas City are already lucky enough to be among the first to have Google’s ultra high-speed internet offering, but things just keeps getting better – they’re also the first to get an at-home video service from Google that will compete with cable and satellite operators.
Though that piece of the news seemed to be a little bit far fetched as it solely relied on the success of the Fiber Project, that’s not the case anymore. Google’s request to launch an at-home video service was approved by regulators in Kansas and Missouri and just last month, an IP set-top box complete with a Google Fiber label, appeared in the Federal Communications Commission’s database. The set-top box is being manufactured by Korean company Humax and features Wi-Fi, HDMI input and output, a USB port, an infrared sensor, and an ethernet port.
Everyone was so intrigued by Google’s Fiber Project that Time Warner Cable bribed Kansas City employees with a $50 gift card for any intel on the roll out of Google’s Fiber project. Too bad they didn’t think of that earlier.