Friday, November 4, 2011

Is Google Fiber going to start a cable service in Kansas City?

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Google fiber might launch an web-based cable service.
  • Google fiber might launch a Web-based cable service.
Google's Kansas City Internet plans may be getting even more awesome. Both KCs freaked out when the search behemoth settled on our little burgs as the first metro area in the nation to get eyeball-popping online speed. After all, KCK and KCMO beat out more than 1,000 other towns hoping to land the fiber.

But news comes today from The Wall Street Journal that Google might have even bigger plans than 1-gig-a-second browsing. The paper says sources are chirping about Google getting into the cable game, taking on customer-service-challenged cable companies.

The paper reports:

Internet giant Google Inc. is considering a plan to offer paid cable-TV services to consumers, a move that could unleash a new wave of competition within the traditional TV business. Google has looked at ways to expand a previously announced project to build a high-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., adding video and phone service in a mirror of offerings from cable and telecom companies, according to people briefed on its plans. As a result, Google has discussed distributing major TV channels from companies like Walt Disney Co., Time Warner Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc. as part of the video service, though the discussions were exploratory and no final decisions have been made.

Google hopes to start operating its fiber Internet in Kansas City early next year.

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