Google Fiber to expand to three more Kansas towns

In March 2011, Google first announced its plans to offer a 1 Gbps Internet service in Kansas City, Kansas. Later that year, those plans were expanded to include the neighboring Kansas City, Missouri. In July, Google revealed the first concrete details of their Google Fiber plans for both cities, which will also include a television service.

Now the company has revealed it plans to add support for even more people to enjoy 1 Gbps upstream-downstream Internet access. In a recent post on the official Google Fiber blog, Google announced that the towns of Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods, Kansas will be able to join the neighboring Kansas City for Google Fiber support.

Google said the plans are still tentative as it needs the official support of each of the town's governments to move ahead. It added, "To be clear, this does not change the construction schedule for eligible homes in Kansas City, Kan. and Central Kansas City, Mo. And homes in North and South Kansas City, Mo. will still be able to pre-register for Fiber in our second rally."

Currently, citizens in Kansas City, Kansas and central Kansas City, Missouri can pre-register for Google Fiber by paying $10 ahead of time. Neighborhoods with the most pre-registrations will have their Google Fiber service launched first. Users can get the 1 Gbps Internet access from Google for just $70 a month, with a $300 one time construction fee (waved if they sign for one year of service). The Internet-TV combo is priced at $120 a month, which comes with a Nexus 7 tablet as a TV remote and a DVR that can record up to eight channels at once.

Source: Google Fiber blog

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OP buries utility cables. Happy waiting.

Google wants easy and cheap utility pole distribution. A reason they chose KCK because KCK sold/lied GOOG on the idea of free utility pole use. That lie slowed the project significantly.

Greenstein said,
Just a few more miles south in Overland Park please.

No one will see close to 1000Gb/s.
At best 800Mb/s is all you see with equipment copying files to devices on your LAN.

3owin said,
No one will see close to 1000Gb/s.
At best 800Mb/s is all you see with equipment copying files to devices on your LAN.


trying to be smart?

Apologies. Correct 1000Gb/s to 1000Mb/s

Clearly you have not ran real world transfer tests.

For consumer level network hardware, 400Mb/s per second is not uncommon using 1000Mb/s hardware. 600Mb/s per second is usually pushing it and if you have network gear that supports jumbo frames, 800Mb/s is feasible. I can transfer 800Mb/s on modern hardware, not faster

nsow- said,

trying to be smart?

3owin said,
No one will see close to 1000Gb/s.
At best 800Mb/s is all you see with equipment copying files to devices on your LAN.

The router the give you supports up to 360Mbps for internal network speeds. They are probably assuming that *most* people don't have gigabit capable cards not to mention that while the theoretical speeds for the WAN may be 1Gbps, the actual speed will be lower.Not so much by the fault of Google but by other companies servers, computers, and whatever else.

With gigabit WAN connections we are now going to start noticing the bottlenecks a lot more. Time for people and companies to start dishing out the $$.

come to san diego! somebody needs to give time warner a run for their money so that they will actually inovate!

They were in my neighborhood last week making room on the utility poles to support fiber. They said they've basically done that throughout Wyandotte county.

I've heard from others that they've seen them in their neighborhoods digging and laying fiber.

Time Warner basically has a monopoly in Kansas City, with Cox and Comcast (as horrible as they are) available in only a few locations, and a small smattering of Verizon and AT&T across the metro. Google will wreck the local competition with the prices and products they're offering, and the competition deserves it.

thomastmc said,
They were in my neighborhood last week making room on the utility poles to support fiber. They said they've basically done that throughout Wyandotte county.

I've heard from others that they've seen them in their neighborhoods digging and laying fiber.

Time Warner basically has a monopoly in Kansas City, with Cox and Comcast (as horrible as they are) available in only a few locations, and a small smattering of Verizon and AT&T across the metro. Google will wreck the local competition with the prices and products they're offering, and the competition deserves it.

I'm waiting for it. I have to move soon so I'll use Google's prices as a bargaining chip.

Sucks though. I pre-registered however I don't live up north where all the action is at. I'm Lenexa and moving back to OP. Still boggles my mind that the 'dotte is getting 1Gbps before I will. Of course I'm talking about the majority of Wyandotte, not out towards the Legends and a few other nice places.

Yet I don't think they have really even hooked up any customers yet? They were still trying to get people in Kansas City KS/MO to get their friends to contribute to the costs to get it to their neighborhood/houses.. Cause it's not free..

xendrome said,
Yet I don't think they have really even hooked up any customers yet? They were still trying to get people in Kansas City KS/MO to get their friends to contribute to the costs to get it to their neighborhood/houses.. Cause it's not free..

Everything starts from a begniining, it gets better, it gets bigger..

KomaWeiß said,

I wouldn't. Too many damn tornadoes. Screw that.

I'd rather take a tornado over a hurricane A hurricane is like a tornado that sticks around for a few hours

naap51stang said,

I'd rather take a tornado over a hurricane A hurricane is like a tornado that sticks around for a few hours

70 - 110 MPH wind speed of an average hurricane. Max is somewhere around 150 MPH.

Tornado average wind speed 135 -170 MPH. Max is 300+ MPH.

Hurricane =/= tornado