Google Fiber, the company's 1 gigabyte-per-second network that's "100 times faster than today's average broadband," just finished rolling out in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Or, rather, Fiber finished rolling out in just the pair of Kansas cities. This is what your net on Google looks — or could look — like.
Right now, Google Fiber offers three different plans: an Internet-and-TV option, a plan for just the gigabit service and a third, free plan that matches "today's average speeds," which doesn't necessarily mean today's average broadband speeds.
Google Fiber TV is the big deal here. The company has always struggled to find purchase for its Google TV platform, but with Fiber — and by acting like an Internet and cable provider — Google doesn't need to wrestle as much. The service provides the oh-so-tantalizing gigabit Internet and a "full TV lineup," including channels such as Spike, G4, the History Channel and Syfy (Full disclosure: Syfy pays our bills), as well as movie channels by Starz, Encore and more. Of course, regular ol' TV wouldn't be very Google, and so the company is tossing in content from Netflix and Youtube, and all "live, on-demand, or online" content will be completely searchable.
Oh, and you also get a Nexus 7 tablet included in the package, which Google is billing as a way to control the whole shebang, Nexus Q style. Tossing the Nexus 7 into the mix is one hint at where Google would like to take the service, where users can access content on mobile devices as well as on their televisions seamlessly and without all the hassle you get from a typical cable company.
If you don't want to pay for TV, just gigabit Internet service will cost you $70 a month. The free Internet service is — who would'a thought — free, though it requires a one-time payment of $300 to install. The rest of these plans also have the construction fee, though it's being waived right now.
No word on when Google Fiber will be available in any city that doesn't have Kansas in front of it. Even in both Kansas and Missouri, residents of the two name-same cities need to pre-register with Google to secure the service. If enough homes from the same neighborhood as for Fiber, Google will start wiring up the area.