The hype has finally given way to the reality. Ars Technica has the story of Google Fiber going live in a Kansas City, Kansas, residence yesterday. Mike Demarais, the founder of Threedee currently staying in the home, told Ars Technica that the real-world speed of the Internet has been 600-700 Mbps (megabits per second) on an Ethernet connection and 200 Mbps over a Wi-Fi connection. (For comparison, my standard broadband connection, which I'm using to type this blog post, is 14.3 Mbps.)
That residence is the site of Homes for Hackers, the project launched in August by local Web developer Ben Barreth, which offers would-be webpreneurs the chance to live rent- and utility-free for three months as they get started on their startup.