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Google Fiber Gigabit Internet and TV Officially Launched

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Google Fiber launches with three plans, one of which is free Internet and one of which intros Google Fiber TV.

On Thursday Google finally launched Google Fiber, the company's Gigabit broadband service currently installed in Kansas City (Kansas, Missouri). The company is actually leaving it up to local residents in determining how the new network will spread across town. Even more, one of three offered packages will be free, requiring no monthly access fee for at least 7 years.

"Google Fiber works better when communities are connected together," the company said. "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."

Starting Thursday, eligible Kansas City residents can pre-register for Google Fiber using basic information and supplying a $10 fee. Then over the next six weeks, the object is to rally neighbors and friends to register as well before the September 9 deadline.

"When you participate, not only will you help bring Google Fiber to your home, you’ll also help bring it to your community—if your fiberhood reaches its pre-registration goal, we’ll also connect community buildings like schools, libraries and hospitals with free Gigabit Internet," Google added.

Once the rally is completed, Google will inform each registrant if their fiberhood reached its goal. If so, they'll be able to choose one of three service packages. The first homes will get service shortly after the rally ends, and all qualifying neighborhoods will receive service before the end of 2013.

Here's where it gets interesting, and possibly a little scary for other broadband and cable providers. The first package combines both Gigabit internet and TV programming into one $120/month package. This includes the Nexus 7 tablet, a TV box, a Storage Box (aka DVR), a Network Box (aka Router), and a 1 TB Google Drive account. Naturally taxes and fees are tacked onto the monthly subscription.

The TV service consists of around 160 channels and includes what cable subscribers would find in their Digital TV service as well as local channels (see below). The Nexus 7 tablet is promoted as the customer's "new remote," offered free of charge with this package. There's also an optional Chromebook starting at $299.

Is there a catch? Not really. Google only requires a 2-year contract, and there's no up-front "construction fee." In fact, customers won't even see bandwidth caps as seen with other competing broadband services.

As for the second package, Google is offering Gigabit Internet only for $70/month. This package includes the Network Box and the 1 GB Google Drive account. As with the first package, the $300 "construction fee" is waived, and there is no bandwidth cap. The contract is also only for one year, and customers are offered the Chromebook option with this plan as well.

Finally there's the third package: free Internet. While this sounds great, it actually does come with a price: either $300 up front (the "construction fee"), or $25/mo for 12 months. This plan allows up to 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload speeds, but will remain free for at least 7 years. In addition to no data caps, it comes with the Network Box and the optional Chromebook.

Both the $120 and $70 plan offer up to 1 GB upload and download speeds.

So what's next? Will Google Fiber move beyond Kansas City? Eventually, but for now Google is focused on local feedback. With the three plans exposed and Google's interesting "fiberhood" method of deployment, cities are likely already eager to sign up for the new Fiber Gigabit and TV service.

Here's the full list of Google Fiber TV channels now offered to Kansas City residents:

Action Weather
Animal Planet
Antenna TV
BET Gospel
Biography Channel
BlueHighways TV
Bounce TV
CBS Sports Network
CMT Pure Country
CNBC World
Comedy Central
Cooking Channel
Crime & Investigation Network
Current TV
De Pelicula
De Pelicula Clasico
Destination America
Discovery en Espanol
Discovery Familia
Discovery Fit & Health
E! Entertainment
Encore Action
Encore Drama
Encore Espanol
Encore Family
Encore Love
Encore Suspense
Encore Westerns
Food Network
Game Show Network
Golf Channel
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Movie Channel
Investigation Discovery
ION Life
KCWE 29 (CW)
KUKC 48 (Univision)
La Familia Cosmovision
Lifetime Move Network
Lifetime Real Women
Live Well
Military Channel
Military History
MLB Network
MTV Hits
MTV Jams
MTV tr3s
NBC Sports Network
NFL Redzone
Nick 2
Nick Jr.
Olympics Channel 1
Olympics Channel 2
Outdoor Channel
PBS Encore
PBS Kids Sprout
Ritmoson Latino
Science channel
Showtime Beyond
Showtime Extreme
Showtime Family Zone
Showtime Next
Showtime Showcase
Showtime Women
Spike TV
Sportsman Channel
Starz Cinema
Starz Comedy
Starz Edge
Starz in Black
Starz Kids and Family
TBN Enlace
Teen Nick
Tennis Channel
The History en Espanol
The Hub
This TV
TMC Extra
TMC: The Movie Channel
Travel Channel
TV Land
Univision Deportes
Univision tlnovelas
USA Network
VH1 Classic
VH1 Soul
Weather channel
Youtoo TV


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  • 21 Hide
    mokaonly87 , July 26, 2012 8:08 PM
    I am so Excited! I have been waiting 25 years for this!
  • 19 Hide
    Hellbound , July 26, 2012 8:24 PM
    Yes, please come to California and kick Comcast in the balls.....
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    Nesto1000 , July 26, 2012 8:10 PM
    I thought that it was going to be completely free, but still... $70 a month for a gigabit connection!? That is a steal! I'm currently paying $65 for 12mbps down and 6mbps up....

    The free internet isn't so bad either considering that it's free for the most part, but I still wouldn't get it.
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  • 21 Hide
    mokaonly87 , July 26, 2012 8:08 PM
    I am so Excited! I have been waiting 25 years for this!
  • 16 Hide
    Nesto1000 , July 26, 2012 8:10 PM
    I thought that it was going to be completely free, but still... $70 a month for a gigabit connection!? That is a steal! I'm currently paying $65 for 12mbps down and 6mbps up....

    The free internet isn't so bad either considering that it's free for the most part, but I still wouldn't get it.
  • 7 Hide
    LeetSpeak , July 26, 2012 8:14 PM
    Need this NOW! After you're done there, can you head over here at LA, CA?
  • 6 Hide
    lumberjack86 , July 26, 2012 8:14 PM
    Kneel before your new overlords.
  • 11 Hide
    vilenjan , July 26, 2012 8:21 PM
    3.6$ a month for 5 Mbps? I am paying Att DSL $30 for 3Mbps. Heck even at a steady 25$ month its a much better deal than what I have now... Come to California please?
  • 19 Hide
    Hellbound , July 26, 2012 8:24 PM
    Yes, please come to California and kick Comcast in the balls.....
  • 3 Hide
    extremepcs , July 26, 2012 8:24 PM
    Ha... no HBO, TNT, or Cinemax? I think Time Warner is scared, as they should be.
  • 5 Hide
    DarkenMoon97 , July 26, 2012 8:28 PM
    When it comes to my little town and we get it, I will rejoice... and run Minecraft servers.. :p 
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    busuan , July 26, 2012 8:29 PM
    I had wished Microsoft would have come up with this strategy first ... they had so much cash. Instead, Balmer decided to sit on it. And then, he wrongly believed that Apple (again) was his model to follow. I dare to say Microsoft would gain little in the battle against Apple, even if Windows8/Surface become a success and it would lose tremendously on its stronghold in OS/Office market. Combing with its online solutions and optical Gb network, finally Google will be able to render it mostly unnecessary to buying/upgrading Windows/Office in order to expanding business and increasing productivity.
    "Microsoft make such mediocre products"? Probably not so ... but their leader's vision is seriously below average.
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    Zagen30 , July 26, 2012 8:33 PM
    I pay $65 for 25/2 (Cox doesn't think anyone needs decent upload speeds). $70 for gigabit up/down is a steal. Of course, they're obviously offering such great deals to get their foot in the door, but if they could eventually offer it in many locations for roughly that price it would be fantastic.
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    Anonymous , July 26, 2012 8:35 PM
    This is a total game changer. I live about 5 miles north of the service area right now :(  Hopefully it expands beyond downtown KC very quickly. I have a few friends who live downtown who are in coverage areas and they have to get enough people to preregister before they can set up a time to install. I pay $120 for cable right now with 15 mb/s down and 1 mb/s up. The two big X factors is whether they can get the missing channels. It looks like there is no Fox or ESPN right now, and they haven't said anything about HBO but the announcement did say they have premium pay channels. Also what kind of up time they will have. No word on business yet either, though they said it would be coming.
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    Vorador2 , July 26, 2012 8:38 PM
    I, for one, welcome our new Google overlords. 70$ per month for a gigabit connection? Where do i sign?
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    leo2kp , July 26, 2012 8:38 PM
    I want this in MN too :( 
  • 11 Hide
    warmon6 , July 26, 2012 8:43 PM
    Better question to ask is, who DOESN'T want it? :lol: 

    TV+ 1Gb/s internet for $120 is a steal. Heck, just 1 Gb/s internet alone at $70 is a steal.
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    bucknutty , July 26, 2012 8:51 PM
    I pay 60 a month for cable with optimum. I get 20 down and 2 up. Can't wait for something better to come to may area.
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    krr711 , July 26, 2012 8:54 PM
    I would like the Google cable and would also like exiting the Comcast only option in Indianapolis, IN.
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    sykozis , July 26, 2012 8:58 PM
    yzfr1guythis is half the channel line up I get with Verizon FIOS and I get telephone as well for the same price, now of course my interwebz is only 25/25 but the hell needs gigabit when webservers and networks don't allow ultra fast speeds?! Wake up people, screw the g00gle machine!

    Yes, but who really wants to deal with a company who's idea of customer ignoring the customer?
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    game junky , July 26, 2012 9:10 PM
    I appreciate Google's willingness to see this through. I think it initially was just their way of giving the larger ISP's the bird about cost vs performance. Now, it's an actual service option in a large metropolitan area. I will be interested to see if they try to invade some other big cities where there is clear competition like NYC or LA. In the interim, I will wait patiently for them to decide to move a little further south into Wichita. (If only)

    Get 'em Goog. Kick Cox, Comcast, TW, AT&T & Verizon right in the wallet.
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    loops , July 26, 2012 9:13 PM
    Cable is such an outdated model. We pay for the privilege to watch advertising on most channels. DVR has kept it alive a bit longer than it should. I'd rather have a streaming service, have the option to watch a season of a show in one sitting or when I want, and elect to watch ads to save money. I'd like to be able to just go straight to the channel site and view from there rather an get bundles of shows where most are just crap. Aside from getting more cable options, this seems like a fine deal.
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