Google Fiber Is Up And Running. Fast

Google Fiber* is a go. The switch was flipped on the project yesterday, and the download speeds make a bat out of hell look tardy, according to one Kansas City resident. "We just got it today and I've been stuck in front of my laptop for the last few hours," Mike Demarais told Ars Technica. "It's unbelievable. I'm probably not going to leave the house.**"

The deal is this: $70 per month gets you speeds of 1 Gbps. Up it to $120 a month and you get the holy trinity: TV, Internet, and a data storage system, with a Nexus 7 tablet to use as a remote control. According to Demarais, speeds are already running at around 700 Mbps with an Ethernet cable, and 200 Mbps on Wi-Fi. To sell it better to customers, Google released a YouTube video showing just why they're more fly than your average cable guy.

*Not Mountain View's attempt to go in hard into the breakfast cereal market, after the board unanimously rejected the names Cheerioogs, Goolden Grahams, and Gooesli.

** Mike. Mike. You'll get ill.

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  • Robert Dowell

    I hope that Google will expand out more around the U.S. and not stay just Kansas City. I've been looking for somewhere that might suggest that they plan on expanding. Kansas City is pretty much near the center of the states which would make it good to branch out North, South, East, and West. I just wish some one would come out and say what their future plans are for expansion.

  • mangochutney

    This is glorious. In the words of Gollum, "We needs it!"
    But seriously, this is something that makes me happy. We need more projects like this, more investments in broadband technology and broadband infrastructure, especially in rural areas.