Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is testing a new crazy fast Internet service in Kansas City, Mo and Kansas City, Kansas.
It’s not cheap.
Consumers will have to pay $70 a month for the “gigabit” service that allows them to ditch local cable and phone companies and instead rely on Google’s own optical fiber network for uber quick Internet access.
According to Google’s fiber blog, its new Internet service, which is named Google Fiber, is more than 100 times faster than average broadband services. In order to get the Google Fiber, one first must live in the right “fiberhood” (for the project, Google divided Kansas City into small communities it calls fiberhoods).
Each fiberhood needs an enormous amount of its residents to pre-register in order to have a shot of obtaining access to the service. The fiberhoods with the highest pre-registration percentage will get Google Fiber first. After the pre-registration period is over — it lasts six weeks – residents of the qualified fiberhoods will be able to choose between three different packages. One of the packages comes without a monthly fee, but it is not really free since customers will have to pay a $300 construction fee to use the service.