First Google Fiber expansion announced, gigabit speeds heading to Olathe

By on March 20, 2013, 4:00 PM

Google has announced the first planned expansion for its super-fast Internet service Google Fiber. Available to residents of Kansas City on both sides of the Kansas - Missouri state line since July 2012, the service is now moving some 20 miles southwest to Olathe, Kansas where it will reach a modest population of 125,000. According to a post on the Google Fiber blog, the Olathe city council just approved the agreement with Google on Tuesday, so there’s still a lot of planning and engineering work ahead of an actual launch.

Google says it will announce details about pre-registration and construction timing once it gets the process underway. If it’s anything like the initial rollout, the company could ask for a $300 construction fee to get the fiber installed in your house and start building out its gigabit network in ‘fiberhoods’ where interest is higher.

In the case of Kansas City, upon launch Google decided to waive that upfront fee in two of three different packages offered: Gigabit Internet + TV for $120 a month or Internet-only for $70 a month. In both cases you get  1,000 Mbps download and upload speeds with no monthly bandwidth caps and no overages. The third package involves the option to still pay the $300 fee but get 5Mbps internet access for free for "at least" seven years.

It’ll be a while before we see a wider availability of Google Fiber in the U.S., but the Olathe expansion and a mention of a possible expansion to other cities in the Kansas City metro area is encouraging.

At the very least it should encourage other ISPs to step up their efforts and offer similar speeds for residential users at competitive prices -- although some believe there’s actually no demand for such a service.




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SantistaUSA said:

Oh come on, I'm in Kansas City MO....so close and at the same time so far :-P

Lionvibez said:

"although some believe there?s actually no demand for such a service"

You gotta start somewhere might aswell do the ground work now.

Where will we be in 5 years in the Cable vs DSL vs Fibre battle?

With household based services DSL has already lost the speed crown to Cable.

The Cable companies will be happy to nickel and dime us on the Docsis connections into the next century if they could!

JC713 JC713 said:

I would love for this to come to NY

ikesmasher said:

Western NC....Come on...We need some bloody fast internet over here.

MonsterZero MonsterZero said:

Call me when Google Fiber has left Kansas.....

howzz1854 said:

I pay $45 now for a roughly 8Mbps connection. I am willing to stretch my wallet up to $70 if it means I can get gigabit. everytime someone watches netflix in the house and that's about all the bandwidth there is, it leaves no room for games for others in the house.

Lionvibez said:

I pay $45 now for a roughly 8Mbps connection. I am willing to stretch my wallet up to $70 if it means I can get gigabit. everytime someone watches netflix in the house and that's about all the bandwidth there is, it leaves no room for games for others in the house.

Why don't you just buy a router with QOS?

Then give the game playing pc's a higher priority on the network over the Netflix watching PCs.

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