Google Fiber plans: 1 Gbps for $70, 5 Mbps Internet for free, and more

July 27, 2012

One of the most awaited projects from Google in the past few years, Google Fiber, has finally been launched.

The average American consumer should be very excited about this project, because, even if Google doesn’t intend to compete with other ISPs on a national level, the service should still push ISPs to try to match Google’s speed and pricing. Seeing how US has one of the slowest and most expensive internet industry in the world, this move is a very welcome one, indeed.

But why is this important to Google? Google is at a point (and has been for a while) where it can only grow by expanding “the Internet”. They grow by helping people browse faster and get access to faster Internet. Plus, gigabit speeds will help proliferate more advanced web-apps, once people won’t have to worry about their Internet speed anymore. A fast browser and a fast Internet connection is what’s needed for that, as we already have very cheap storage and powerful enough computers.

Google has split their Google Fiber plans in 3:

  • a $120/month plan, that offers 1Gbps Internet connection, with Fiber TV and a Nexus 7 included
  • a $70/month plan,¬†that offers 1Gbps Internet connection
  • a “free” plan, that offers a 5 Mbps Internet connection

$120/month package

  • 1 Gbps Internet (download and upload)
  • no data caps
  • full channel TV lineup
  • free Nexus 7 (you can use as TV remote as well)
  • TV box
  • 2 TB storage box (for recordings)
  • network box (includes 802.11a/b/g/n 360 Mbps Wi-Fi)
  • 1 TB of Google Drive storage
  • 2 year contract
  • $300 construction fee (temporarily¬†waived)
  • optional: $299+ Chromebooks

$70/month package

  • 1 Gbps Internet (download and upload)
  • no data caps
  • network box
  • 1 TB Google Drive
  • 1 year contract
  • $300 construction fee¬†(temporarily¬†waived)
  • optional: $299+ Chromebooks

Free Internet package

  • free 5 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload (average national speeds)
  • no data caps
  • free service guaranteed for at least 7 years
  • network box
  • $300 construction fee upfront or 12 payments of $25/month
  • optional: $299+ Chromebooks

The Google Fiber service will only start in Kansas City (both Missouri and Kansas) for now, but Google promised it will become available in other cities, depending on how much those cities want them there.

Google announced that the fiber network will be turned on selectively, in the neighborhoods of KC that are most interested in getting Fiber. To gauge this interest, Google has announced a sign up program ($10 fee); the “Fiberhoods” with the most signups, will get Google Fiber first. The sign up period extends to September 9, so if you want to benefit from Google Fiber, head over to the pre-register page.

Are you hoping Google Fiber will be available in your area, too?

Comments

  • ray01000101010101

    That’s it, I’m moving to Kansas City!

  • alex13809

    COME TO CANADA!! I’m tired of roger’s and bell’s shit! If you think The US has it bad, Canada’s even further behind

    • Sawako

      Rogers and Bell and Telus and other big companies overcharge Canadians. I hope google would change my perspective of big companies by introducing this in Canada too

      • DrCarpy

        The only problem is the CRTC. They are the most corrupt agency in Canadian history. They protect the big three, by not allowing competition. They wouldn’t let Directtv come to Canada to protect Bell. So I wish Google would /could come to Canada, but the CRTC will hate on them.

        • Deyu12

          C = Conspiracy to
          R = Ruin
          T = Telecommunications for
          C = Canadians

  • http://hoserblog.com Sean

    Please please please come to Canada. I’m tired of being shafted by the monopolistic telecoms here. It’s one oligopoly with terrible services and prices all within $1 of each other. Shake things up over here please please please.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cokekid76 Luke Mattson

    Time to move but I’m calling Cox and at&t first to tell them that hey suck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Georgi-Angelov/589196387 Georgi Angelov

    im in COlumbia, MO !!! Oh goodness if this comes…. 1 GBPS !!!! WHAT THE HECK??

  • Ahmed Ahmed

    I’ve been waiting for this ever since Google announced their intentions to offer 1 Gbps speed. I would get the $120 package in a heartbeat if it was offered in my city.

  • Perry Ahern

    Hoping, wishing, praying, bribing…

  • Southrncomfortjm

    Would definitely like to see this in Northern Virginia. Just wondering what a “full channel TV lineup” means. $120 for the fastest internet out there plus a free Nexus 7 and all the other stuff? I’m down.

  • Nova

    I doubt any city with Fios and Xfinity would get this for awhile.
    So maybe some south or south eastern cities?

  • Edward

    Free internet for only 7 years?, i would pay $300 for that speed if they let me use internet for free lifetime

    • Rudolf Hornig

      It’s still a good deal. Here in Hungary I pay around 200USD/year for that speed. And they said it will be available *at least* 7 years. So it might be extended easily.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tristen.neron Tristen Neron

    CANADA

  • john

    kenya……africa?

  • DTHCND

    The only reason I’m with Bell is cause immediate family works there… GOOGLE COME TO CANADA!!!!!!

  • ¬ęuu

    at least we have real speed in quebec, videotron ! but google… the price for 1gig down / up is epic

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1253607603 Elliott Ethan-James Begley

    Please come to london.

  • http://twitter.com/DConrad2010 Dave Conrad

    I love this announcement plus this would also help out with the US economy with all the customer service, technical and sales jobs they would produce. I just hope they have the morals not to outsource the customer service jobs over seas like their competitors do!

  • What Thuh

    We have th most expensive slowest internet services because we allowed the two cellular giants to monopolize and own most of the spectrum where they can charge what they want

    This is great news from GOOGLE. att will probably block google-browsing or charge customers for accessing google on devices in one of att’s “we listen to what our customers want” specials.

  • Ishaan Santlal

    im paying $70 and getting only 40mbps, wtf. Cmon google, here in Toronto

  • Graham W

    Canada please! Oh god please. Make it more expensive too if you must! But Bell and Rogers are TERRIBLE up here. Save us google =(.

  • TigerM4

    I pay $67/month for 30mbps here in quebec with videotron.. And that’s because I have a boundle so I would pay more without my tv service…. Seriously we canadian have it in the a**

  • Legion

    i would love this in canada I agree with Sean with rogers and bell fucking everyone over, we need something like this to wake them up to give better services

  • WAWA
  • Lane Pruitt

    Shelbyville Indiana PLEASE