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Google Launches Kansas City Fiber-Net, Intros Google Fiber TV

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    Google launches Kansas City fiber net, intros Google Fiber TV | Internet & Media - CNET News

    "Google launched its 1-gigabit-per-second broadband service in Kansas City today and also unveiled a new interactive television service called Google Fiber TV, in a move it hopes will push the broadband and paid TV industries to deploy speedier networks at a lower cost.

    Google Fiber TV is a service that provides interactive search for TV that lets you search your DVR as well as content you have on services like Netflix. It will include a DVR with up to 500 hours of storage of shows and movies all in 1,080p High Definition. You can also record up to eight TV shows at once.

    Google is charging every home that gets the fiber service $300 for the construction of the fiber link. But the company is waiving that fee for people who sign up initially for the service."
     
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    Google Details Its 1 Gigabit Fiber Network In Kansas City, Will Come With TV Service, 1TB Of Cloud Storage, Nexus 7 | TechCrunch (click for full article)

    "After a few delays and setbacks, Google today officially launched its 1 gigabit residential fiber network in Kansas City. The network will deliver symmetric 1 gigabit connections to households across the city. That's about 100 times faster than most current residential broadband connections in the U.S.

    There will be no monthly caps or overage charges. Google Fiber will also come with 1 terabyte of cloud storage and HD TV service. Users in Kansas City will have to pay a $300 fee to get the service installed in their houses. The monthly price for the 1 gigabit Internet connection and TV service will be $120/month. Users who just want the Internet service will have to pay $70/month.

    Users who just want a basic 5 Mbps Internet connection will be able to get this for free for at least the next 7 years, as long as they pay the $300 construction fee. Google will also offer free gigabit connectivity to schools."
     
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    Google Launches TV Service | Wired Business | Wired.com (click for full article)

    Google Attacks Cable and Telcos With New TV Service

    BY MARCUS WOHLSENEMAIL AUTHOR 07.26.12 2:36 PM

    "After months of mystery, Kansas City residents learned today that the first high-speed citywide network built by Google will bring them not just super-fast internet but full-featured cable-style TV service. Google said in a live announcement Thursday morning that the neighborhoods that rally the most interest will be the first to get hooked up to Google's fiber-optic lines, which the company says will offer 1 gigabit-per-second downloads and uploads - far faster (Google says 100 times) than the typical broadband connections now in most U.S. homes.

    The high speed means Google can compete directly with cable and satellite TV companies. For $120 per month for both TV and internet, residents will get a set-top box that Google says will deliver hundreds of HD channels and tens of thousands of on-demand movies and shows. The service even comes with Google's Nexus 7 tablet, which will serve as the set-top box's remote."

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    "But beyond the city limits, cable companies and telecoms likely don't have to worry just yet that the search giant will start spreading its broadband tentacles across the country.

    Buzz around Google as a cable competitor rose earlier this month when an unidentified snoop shot a photo purportedly from inside Time Warner Cable's Kansas City office of a placard promising $50 gift cards to employees for tips on Google's progress and plans.


    While Time Warner's Kansas City operation may have reason to fear a major new competitor to its own fat cables, longtime industry analyst Bruce Leichtman says cable and broadband companies have little to fear from Google nationally.


    By laying its own fiber, Google in Kansas City has become what's known as an "overbuilder," because they've installed their own wires over existing cable and telecom infrastructure. Leichtman says overbuilding is a notoriously tricky business that Google has no good financial reason to enter on a wide scale.


    According to Leichtman's own research, 75 percent of U.S. homes have a broadband connection, and 87 percent have a "multi-channel video service," a category that includes both cable and satellite. And, according to a recent FCC report, the companies supplying those connections are delivering the speeds they promised. In other words, U.S. residents aren't having much trouble getting connected using the infrastructure that's already available. They may not like their cable company, but they aren't clamoring for someone to bring yet another wire into their homes. Any attempt by Google to build out a broader fiber infrastructure would be money spent to meet what Leichtman says is demand that doesn't exist, even if the company comes through in Kansas City with promised 1 gigabit-per-second connections citywide."
     
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    I have never, ever, ever wanted to live in Kansas City.

    Until now.
     
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    Our neighborhood can only get broadband service from AT&T U-verse but not from Verizon FiOS, due to some weird non-competitive arrangements. If Google Internet can disrupt and change this paradigm it would be more than welcome.
     
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    Five Cool Things About Google Fiber (and One Not So Cool Thing) | Techland | TIME.com (click for full article)

    "Never before have so many people all of a sudden thought, "I wonder if Kansas City is a nice place to live?" That's because Google recently announced the details behind Google Fiber, its incredibly fast new Internet service that'll cost eligible Kansas City residents $70 per month. Another $50 will add a cable TV package to the mix as well. All in all, $120 is in line with what you'd expect to pay for similar TV-plus-Internet service from other major cable providers.

    So why would someone in Kansas City want to make the switch?"
     
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    No ESPN in the TV package. I believe that could be a real deal breaker for a bunch of people.
     
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    I am really excited about the Google fiber, but the cost is what i am skeptical about. Is it affordable enough by everyone? If so then i would really like to see it spreading to other parts of US.
     
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    As Google Fiber rollouts begin, here (click for full article)

    Aug 11, 2012 - 10:30AM PT

    As Google Fiber rollouts begin, here's what cable will watch most closely

    BY Afzaal Akhtar

    "Google set its sights squarely on the cable Internet industry with the launch of Google Fiber. While it has a long way to go before truly disrupting that mammoth industry, cable executives are watching a few of Google's idea very closely. Here's a list."
     
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    Anyone know what OS is running on the "TV Box" that they provide with the service?

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
     
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    It's SageTV, arguably the best DVR software available. Google bought the company a little over a year ago, much to the consternation of the existing SageTV user base because it has kind of left us hanging. Everyone assumed at the time it was for Google TV, but now we know it was destined for Google Fiber instead.

    It's a Java based system (they had server software for Windows, Mac and Linux) though we're all curious to know if any of it has been ported to Android on the new TV box. Guess will find out soon. SageTV had a base of dedicated 3rd party developers who extended the heck out of it; that's part of what made it so great. Unknown if it will be that open in its Google incarnation.

     
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    http://m.engadget.com/2012/09/08/google-fiber-nfl-network-nfl-redzone-channel/

    All Google Fiber subscribers will get NFL Network, while NFL RedZone will run you $10 a month, but for only four months of the year. Not exactly just in time, though, as you won't be able to subscribe to NFL RedZone until one day after the first Sunday of football on September 10th. Either way, this is huge news if you're a fan of the most popular sport in the US -- but not so much for Timer Warner Cable which is the single biggest cable provider who doesn't carry it, and happens to compete against Google for subscribers in Kansas City.
     

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