Google Fiber will expand, company looking where to go next
12th Dec 2012 | 20:19
'Not just an experiment'
Google's hyper-fast broadband project, Google Fiber, is here to stay, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt revealed on Wednesday.
Schmidt took the stage at The New York Times' DealBook conference and explained that Google Fiber "isn't just an experiment."
"It's a real business and we're trying to decide where to expand next," Schmidt said.
He had no other details to share, but it's excellent news that Google Fiber will indeed expand beyond the Kansas Cities.
Google Fiber is Google's ultra-fast broadband internet solution, and for now it's only available in Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo.
Google first announced plans to lay down its own fiber optic network in February 2012, when the company promised that Google Fiber would facilitate broadband speeds "more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today."
Then, in July, Google asked Kansas City residents to sign up for the service, promising to lay down the cables in neighborhoods with enough interest.
Too good to be true?
Google Fiber plans include a $300 hook-up fee, plus ultra-fast one gigabit-per-second internet and TV service for $120 a month, just the internet for $70 a month, or standard 5MB/s internet free for seven years.
If that sounds too good to be true, you should start petitioning Google to bring Google Fiber to your city now.
"It's easy to forget how revolutionary high-speed internet access was in the 1990s," Google's Vice President of Access Services Milo Medin wrote in a blog post over the summer. "But today the internet is not as fast as it should be."
"Our goal is to build products that will help improve our users' lives."