As you might be aware, Google Fiber has set out to make all the world, or at least Kansas City, have fast and accessible Internet access. Today, the company announced that it is now wiring homes in the area with its high-speed Internet.
As we noted previously, 180 out of 202 areas that were eligible for the service hit their pre-registration goals. Now the service is being put in, and I’m seriously considering moving to Kansas City.
The great thing about this is that you don’t have to have multiple visits to outfit your home for Google Fiber. Take note, Comcast.
Here’s what Alana Karen, Director of Service Delivery for Google Fiber, had to say today:
After months of building a brand new Fiber infrastructure, we’re excited to announce that today we’re officially starting to connect homes in Kansas City to Google Fiber.
We’ve been working in a few homes over the last few weeks to make sure we can deliver a great experience, and along the way we’ve thought a lot about what “great” might mean. We want it to take the amount of time we (and you!) think it’s going to take. We want to be able to explain what we’re doing in easy to understand language, so it makes sense to you and it’s not just tech jargon! And of course we’re aiming for “one and done”—one visit, everything working when we leave your home.
When you’re ready to get connected, the old fiber gets replaced then the team schedules the in-home installation. Here’s a video explaining that process:
The area of Hanover Heights is already moving forward with the process, and the company has been placing Google Fiber “sticky notes” on doors to let people know that it’s time to schedule an appointment.
For the folks who signed up for the service early, Google is waiving the $300 installation fee. Prices start at free if you pay for the installation, $70 a month for Internet-only packages, and $120 for the service that includes cable TV. The key will be how these installations go and how reliable the service is, so it’s smart that Google focused on one place in the U.S. to start with. There’s nothing worse than having country-wide outrage and issues all at once for a new service.
When will it come to your home town? Stay tuned. Once again, Comcast be warned.
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