Google finally starts building Kansas City internet service

It's been nearly a year since Google first announced that Kansas City, Kansas would be the city that the company picked for its experimental 1Gbps internet service. Now Google has finally begun to start building it. A post on the Google Fiber blog site today announced that the company has begun the process of laying out the fiber cable for the internet service for Kansas City, Kansas as well as the neighboring and larger Kansas City, Missouri.

The blog post stated:

As we build out Google Fiber, we’ll be taking thousands of miles of cables and stretching them across Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Each cable contains many thin glass fibers, each about the width of a human hair. We’ll be taking these cables and weaving them into a fiber backbone—a completely new high speed infrastructure that will ultimately be carrying Kansas Citians’ data at speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today.

At first, we’ll focus on building this solid fiber backbone. Then, as soon as we have an infrastructure that is up and running, we’ll be able to connect Google Fiber into homes across Kansas City!

The project has experienced some delays since it was first revealed in March 2011. Google originally announced it would begin to sign up customers by the end of 2011 and launch the service in early 2012. There's still no exact word from Google on when the 1Gbps internet service will launch or how much it will cost for its subscribers.

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Mike Allen said,
Why Kansas City? Wtf

KCK promised to give away more services than competing cities. They promised they were not going to charge google to hang cable on the utility poles, and google bit. Problem is google will be paying to hang cable on the utility poles.

Bottom line is google was lied [deceived if you want to sound nice] to. It may be free to run cables near the power lines, but it is not free to make it work. Given they had to pay either way, they chose to pay the same rate as other CATV companies, away from the power lines.

Lastly, I agree. KC WTF. If google totally botches the install it will not matter since it is was KCK. KCK is perhaps the least desirable place to visit in the KC metro area, and is well into the bottom third for the entire state of KS. High crime, high taxes, low income, low education levels describes KCK / wyandotte county KS.

Heck yeah, I'll take free 1gbps internet with ads lol!

But yeah I'm sure it won't be cheap for a long time but most definently worth the cost at any rate.

92GTA said,
Heck yeah, I'll take free 1gbps internet with ads lol!

But yeah I'm sure it won't be cheap for a long time but most definently worth the cost at any rate.

Google is providing the backbone. Other providers like Comcast or ATT can use it.

92GTA said,
Heck yeah, I'll take free 1gbps internet with ads lol!

But yeah I'm sure it won't be cheap for a long time but most definently worth the cost at any rate.


I can't find the source, but I remember Google saying they wanted to offer the speed at the same price as the average price for broadband (which is around $45/m based on the medium package of all US ISP). Which really, there is no reason why we shouldn't have speeds faster than 100Mb/s for around that price already.

still1 said,
Google, the new ISP??? If this could reduce the crazy broadband pricing in America its always welcome.

63 USD for 30gb is the cheapest you will get in NZ for broadband. Don't complain!

Auzeras said,

63 USD for 30gb is the cheapest you will get in NZ for broadband. Don't complain!


That's about the same price for Comcast's 30Gb/s plan. Where I live, it's either AT&T or Comcast; no Verizon FiOS. >.<