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 â€œfiberhoods,â€ 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 hasnâ€™t announced any plans beyond Kansas City yet, but they should be forthcoming. And the companyâ€™s efforts might force other ISPs to improve costs and services before then anyway.
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