Google has unveiled its own ultra-high-speed internet service – offering lightning-fast speeds of one gigabit per second in Kansas, Missouri.
The service uses optical fiber to deliver speeds far in excess of traditional web services – offering speeds faster than almost anywhere else on Earth.
The Web search leader unveiled its ultra-high speed Google Fiber service in Kansas City, Missouri, and could start installations in September, executives said. Google hopes to roll out the service to other cities later.
Fastest town in the West: The service uses optical fiber to deliver speeds far in excess of traditional web services offering speeds faster than almost anywhere else on Earth
Google Fiber includes such features as the ability to record eight TV shows at a time and store up to 500 hours of high definition programming. Users can choose to use a tablet or smartphone as a voice-activated remote control.
Google is offering its Nexus 7 tablet with the Google TV app to early users of the service.
Google said it is setting up a 6-week ‘rally’ for consumers to vote on where the first fiber communities, or ‘fiberhoods,’ should be installed in the Kansas City area.
Consumers must pay $10 to register their household online for service. About 50 ‘neighbors’ will need to register in order for their area to be eligible for installation services, according to Google executives.
Whether or not consumers will embrace the new offerings remains to be seen. But officials said they are confident Kansas City will be a showcase of success for a larger rollout.
‘Google is a very different company,’ said Kevin Lo, general manager of Google Access. ‘And this is not a short-term project.’
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