Apparently this is how the west is won, through 1000mb/s high-speed fiber optic internet connections that blanket a community a single city at a time. Here in the cluster of cities and towns, known as the East Bay we have been hearing and salivating over the threat of city-wide WiFi. For a while the pervading assumption was that Cupertino, home of Apple and Mountain View (Google’s Silicon Valley HQ) would be the first to enjoy these high-tech boons. Poppycock!

Google is on hand offering select cities something a bit different. Google Fiber is Google’s own home-brewed internet service. Yes Google is now an internet service provider–if you live in the right city. Kansas City is one such lucky locale. The newest region to grab hold of Google Fiber is Olathe, Kansas. In fact the Olathe City Council just approved the deal “a few minutes ago.” So Olathe joins Kansas City and Central Kansas City homes and businesses.

The Google Fiber initiative is an interesting one. I love me some high-speed internet but am happy paying $30 a month for 12mb downloads with U-Verse. However, Google Fiber offer 3-plans. Free Internet for a $300 construction fee, $70 a month for no construction fee or $120 a month for Gigabit + TV service and a waived construction fee.  The speeds listed are simply incredible–up to 1000mb a sec downloads. Wow! You get a router, cloud storage, a storage box and set-top cable box with your TV service package.

Click here to check if Google Fiber is available in your town.










Shawn Sanders

 
Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.