Five cool things about Google Fiber (and one not so cool thing)
(Time.com) - 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?
The need for speed
Google is promising download and upload speeds of up to one gigabit per second, which it says is about 100 times faster than the average U.S. broadband connection. Remember back in June when Verizon announced its FiOSQuantum package, which offered theoretical download speeds of 300 megabits per second and theoretical upload speeds of 65 megabits per second? That package costs $210 per month.
Google's theoretical download speed is more than three times as fast and its theoretical upload speed is more than 15 times as fast for a third of the price. If Google Fiber ever gets out of Kansas City, other Internet providers better watch out...