Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Is this what Google Fiber will be like in KC?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Unified Government Mayor/CEO Joe Reardon smiles like a man whose Netflix is never gonig to stall.
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  • Unified Government Mayor/CEO Joe Reardon smiles like a man whose Netflix is never going to stall.

Monday's Wall Street Journal story touting Kansas City as one of the nation's new tech hubs has already earned a grumpy counterpoint from The Kansas City Star. The reality check was fair, but if you want to hold on a little longer to that warm, fuzzy feeling of being acknowledged by the East Coast, here's some good news: That Google Fiber super-double-crazy-fast thing is totally going to kick ass. Says who? The West Coast.

If you know what this means, youll be overcome with envy.
  • If you know what this means, you'll be overcome with envy.

Google is now testing the high-speed fiber connectivity slated to hit the KC metro next year. In Stanford, California, the company has started making its ultra-fast service available to a planned 850 subscribers. As in Kansas City, the service will be free for a year. But those of you wondering about consumer equipment cost may now have a hint. The very select few now taking the 1-gigabyte-per-second connection for a test drive have paid $250 for equipment installation (or $50 for a do-it-yourself kit).

How do we know that Google Fiber is an incredible, life-changing, never-leave-the-house juggernaut? The old-fashioned, slow-updating way: a message board. A really, really geeky message board. Look for yourself to see that those already online are making their fellow Californians pretty jealous.

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