Google keeps delaying Kansas City 1 Gbps Internet service

Google's attempt to launch a 1 Gbps Internet service in both Kansas City, Kansas and the neighboring Kansas City, Missouri keeps running into delays. The project was announced with much fanfare over a year ago and was supposed to start taking signups for the service by the end of 2011. However, Google didn't make that first deadline.

In February, Google announced that it had finally started to lay out the fiber cable for the Internet service in the two cities. While it still didn't offer any opportunity for Kansas City citizens to sign up to use the service, it said that it would begin offering the Internet access to some customers by the end of June. Now the Kansas City Star website has reported that Google has pushed back the launch date yet again.

In a statement, a Google spokesperson said simply, "We’ll have an announcement about Google Fiber this summer." No other information was revealed. Indeed, the Google Fiber blog hasn't been updated with new information since April 4.

Google has never said how much it plans to charge customers to use the ultra-fast Internet service, saying only that the prices would be competitive with other Internet service providers.


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Either way, living in KC I'm getting this as soon as it comes out. Time Warner is going to s**t bricks in the near future. So will AT&T and Verizon.

KCRic said,
Either way, living in KC I'm getting this as soon as it comes out. Time Warner is going to s**t bricks in the near future. So will AT&T and Verizon.

Then you're going to **** bricks when you realize Google is really in control of everything. I hate all the ISP's and I love google as a company. But content creators should not be distributors/providers, it hurts the consumers.

lots of fiber optic cable to lay out, and the team can only work so fast, lets give them till the end of summer before we start criticizing them

Xerino said,
lots of fiber optic cable to lay out, and the team can only work so fast, lets give them till the end of summer before we start criticizing them

It's not just the speed of the constrution crews involved which can delay projects like this.
There are issues like environmental impact studies to perform, encroachment, purchases and leases to negotiate. Then there's designing the network topology and getting those devices to communicate, switching substations to construct, etc. etc. There has to be a fault-tolerant backbone in place before services can branch out.

Wireless carriers deal with these issues continuously. Planning for network upgrades and expansion can take years before a shovel hits the dirt, even on property they already have rights to access and modify. Technology being implemented is often superceded before the switch is even turned on.

I'm sure they are running into the typical infrastucture, bureaucracy, and political problems. I'll be surprised if they can get this to many people by the end of summer.

It can't be easy providing 1Gbps internet connections, especially when you're not already in the ISP business.

Would've been better if they'd have kept their blog up-to-date though, so people could get an insight into what progress is being made.